- 29 Nov 21
Excellent debut offering from Dublin-based folk musician
Jane Willow is nothing if not an impressive vocal talent. That central artistic trait forms the backbone of her debut album, Burn So Bright. The Dutch-born, Dublin-based singer-songwriter also utilises some terrific guest appearances, including from singer Pat Byrne on ‘In Your House There’, and Steve Wickham on the beautiful single ‘Hands On My Hips’.
The album is balanced between delicate folk tunes like ‘Linger Here’ and ‘Let There Be Light’, and faster-paced efforts such as ‘The Fool’ and ‘This Free Life’. As well as drawing on Leonard Cohen, Richard Hawley and Nick Drake, Burn So Bright also doffs the cap to the late great Nanci Griffith, with ‘This Free Life’ recalling ‘Three Flights Up’.
Featuring string arrangements from Joe Csibi, head of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and Dave Hingerty (Glen Hansard, Josh Ritter) on drums, the record is a treat to listen to. It promises much more to come from the hugely impressive Willow.