Unflinching snapshots of the Troubles are the genesis of these moving, acoustic driven songs from Newry Brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy. In ‘Bird’s Eye View‘, the ‘sky cracks open’ as ‘the blades come hovering down’, Brendan describing the mayhem from his window, knowing the carnage is just a ‘stone’s throw away’. ‘Going South‘ tells of checkpoints, leaving the parades behind and soldiers with ‘their faces painted green, hiding in the trees’; the child’s perspective lends a candour crackling with innocence. There’s no polemic at work here, just a clutch of great songs telling it like it was, performed with an honesty that makes this rather special.
Julian Piper