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  • Audio CD (10 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rabble Rouser
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"18 months after their acclaimed debut EP, The North Farm Sessions, Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell finally release their debut album Kite. Modern music-making allows artists to throw-up ideas on-line ten minutes after they were recorded, but on first listen it is clear that this is talent that has been nurtured, with songs crafted over time.

Delicate, haunting and heartbreaking are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the music of Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell. After meeting at Newcastle University 6 years ago, they formed an unlikely alliance - unlikely because Jonny with his bittersweet kitchen-sink dramas, shows sympathy with American storytellers like Dylan and Tom Waits, while Lucy's traditional folkie upbringing and vocal style couldn't be more English. Their six-track EP entitled `The North Farm Sessions' received 4 stars from The Guardian and Q, BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 6 airplay, and sold heavily on tour supports with The Unthanks and Bellowhead, and at summer festivals including Green Man, End of the Road and Cambridge.

It speaks volumes about the quality and quantity of their song-writing that non of the EP tracks feature on debut album `Kite'. There is continuity however, in Kearney and Farrell's relationship with Adrian McNally, pianist, producer and arranger for The Unthanks. Like the EP, Kite was recorded at the farmhouse home of McNally and wife Rachel Unthank. Jonny and Lucy dedicate the album to Rachel and Adrian's son George, who was born in the last month of making the album. "We rate them so highly, it just feels like a responsibility and a pleasure to do whatever we can for them," says McNally, who wrote the string arrangements on the album as well as producing it. "What they have is magical and ought to take them much further than we could ever hope!"

Touches of eccentricity come from local talent including Chris Hibbard (trombone), Paul Ruddick (sax and clarinet) and Kearney's old schoolmate and probably England's finest fiddle player, Peter Tickell (Peatbog Fairies, Sting, Kathryn Tickell Band). While much of the record retains the quiet but prickly intimacy of Jonny's and Lucy's live duo performances, McNally occasionally uses Unthanks band mates to add colour and texture to the storytelling, Chris Price adding ukelele, Dean Ravera double bass, and McNally himself playing piano on the traditional Peggy Gordon and Lucy Farrell's one self-penned contribution to the album, Winter Got Lost."


Kearney is a fine songwriter...His singing is considered and intense, and he seems to work intuitively with Farrell as they switch between duets and solos. She takes the lead on two traditional songs of love and loss, and adds one of her own to this compelling set - ****
-- Robin Denselow, The Guardian, October 7th, 2011

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leepy Lee on 1 Jun. 2012
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I first stumbled across this wonderful duo backing the Unthanks in a gig in Somerset a couple of years ago and purchased their EP, the North Farm Sessions.

The EP was like good milk chocolate, a massage and a glass of red all rolled into one (metaphorically). The perfect stress-buster and wonderful late-evening listening. It also had a delicate humour, to the point where the North Farm Sessions was up there among my very favourite listens.

So I will admit to having quite high expectations to "Kite". I've so far only listened to this in the car, so this isn't a fair review, but these songs seem a little contrived and forced where the North Farm Sessions were just Right-First-Time. Each song seemed to stumble from one line to another without any sense of connection; you couldn't always tell that lines actually belonged to the same song. It was like they were lost in the car and every now and then they'd stop in the middle of a song and unravel the fold-out map out to see where they were going to go next.

I'm hoping that more listens will prove all the above wrong due to my fondness for them created by the EP, but so far I admit to being disappointed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hedges on 10 Oct. 2011
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"Kite" is a wonderfully simple, delicate, melancholic album that improves with every listening, and helps to reduce stress levels immediately. The combination of Jonny's excellent song-writing talents, and Lucy's incredibly clear, sonorous voice, with such beautiful pronunciation prove to be a great combination.
The album starts out with the slightly eccentric, lazy, melancholic `There's A Disease' displaying great harmonies, and continues through the slightly `quirky' `Just Like The Old Days' which features some inventive guitar technique from Jonny (with the aid of a piece of cardboard!). Lucy displays her own song-writing talents with `Winter Got Lost', and the simple piano accompaniment highlights her calming, magical voice. The calming mood is continued with `Green Leaved Trees' with effortless harmonies and delightfully appropriate brass. Hedy West's `Down in Adairsville' suits their style superbly, and some nice viola and excellent guitar work by Jonny makes this my favourite track of the album.
`I write this note' is a lovely, abbreviated love letter, and so cute! The tempo is increased with the foot-tapping `Stand up Show', which would be an excellent single... as ever, so charming lyrics. `A Dream' is just that - dreamy, with a haunting lilt, especially in the piano work, reminiscent of beatlesque brilliance. `Call yourself a friend', Jonny's jaunty solo work show's his voice to best effect, and the promise of stronger vocals. `Swing Low' demonstrates the Spear & Jackson, and Lucy's dynamic range, so simple and is a return to the melancholy with lovely instrumentation.
`Peggy Gordon' is just stunning - a wonderfully haunting, charming version, much suited to Lucy's excellent controlled voice - i could play it over & over again (providing i could stay awake!!
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I fell in love with their music after seeing them live in Buxton. This new album follows on from their earlier material and is an evolution of style and musicianship. Quality music from a talented pair who need more recognition.
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