Red Lion Folk Club

Wednesday October 10th

Marie-Claire Berreen &

Her Husbands

Based in the Midlands, Marie-Claire Berreen and her Husbands create moving songs with a stirring sensibility. Folk, blues and country roots  combine, with lyrics inspired by the elements,  observations on modern society and feelings of happiness, love and loss. Their album, ‘Come Home’, was received with rave revues:

"Folk-rock is a most-abused musical term, yet Come Home fits almost exactly that description, its eclectic folk melodies, enunciated with a clarity reminiscent of Judith Durham, nudged along by gently rock rhythms and dramatic flourishes. Strident strums announce 'Fury Of The Storm', an affecting dissonance of melody and backing suggesting nature's unpredictable power over Welsh weather during the album's gestation.

'Husbands', too, splices English folk with rock band dynamics, traditional in its chronicling of a voracious man-eating aristocrat heiress, the innate humour reprised in the easy roll and gentle swing of the wry 'Never Enough For Her'.

Marie-Claire's polygamous crew are in splendid form. Always empathetic to the song and Berreen's vocal delivery, they especially excel on 'Little One', its age-old melancholy tune pinned down by a brooding piano figure, and 'Spark', where an insistent melody, like rolling waves, is beautifully enhanced by intuitive guitar fills and an epiphanal choral wash. This is all just about summed up on 'Darkness Of The Day', which has a pleasing Dragonfly-era Strawbs feel.

Yet, from the broad cathedral that was 'folk-rock' emerged a rebellious breakaway US West Coast sect, not without global influence, and 'The Owls Are Not What They Seem' and 'Busy People' embrace such psychedelic rock impressively." (R2 (Rock ‘n Reel) Magazine).

And they’re even better live. Don’t miss.

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