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Mind The Gap

Rebsie Fairholm Audio CD

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An absolutely wonderful album's worth of entrancing whispered glowing heart-warming Celtic/old English (Pagan?) folk, embroidered with cleverly delicate instrumentation. Lush golden strings and seductive woodwind, haunting glowing beauty and Rebsie has the most beguiling of voices she really is something special. Just beautiful, uncluttered, refreshing. Delicately arranged folk familiars (and a beautiful version of Pink Floyd s Julia Dream). Calming, uplifting, ethereal and a slightly new feel on something very traditional and unashamedly rooted in very old ways for fans, followers and lovers of Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, the leaves turning golden orange and the Albion spirit that can still be found (beautiful artwork as well). --ORGAN magazine, issue 234

Hailing from Merry old England - well Cheltenham to be more precise, Rebsie Fairholm has created a shimmering masterpiece with her first solo album Mind The Gap. With a folk heart, the album crosses into psych territory on a regular basis, taking in a west-coast vibe and a healthy dose of English humour as well. Opening with the gentle sway of Round Window, all soft focus vocals and chiming piano; the album suddenly changes gear with the arrival of a pulsing electronic drumbeat heralding a vibrant rendition of The Unquiet Grave, the superb vocal performance adding majesty to the atmospheric arrangement. In her covering letter Rebsie describes her style as ethereal English dark psych-folk, something demonstrated on the spoken Spirits of the Dead and the excellent Geordie a song which could be a lost acid folk classic from the early seventies. Elsewhere the voice comes into its own on the droning ache of MacCrimmons Lament, whilst Buain A Choirce is a slice of mellow folk-rock with hints of electronica in its backing rhythms. Leaving the best until last (although I love it all), a drifting cover of Julia Dream, which sounds as though it could be the work of The Smell of Incense, so wonderful is its mellow floating psych vibe, is quickly followed by an intense and sonically perfect reading of She Moves Through The Fair. Opening with a soft drone and distant pipes, the vocals drift like mountain mist across the soundscape, creating five minutes of tender sadness as soothing as evenings fall on Midsummer. Oh yes, not to ignore the English sense of humour, anyone owning a Leafblower or living next door to one should check out Leafblower, a psych-pop gem with modern relevance. Genius. --Terrascope

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Mind The Gap features a mixture of lovingly recycled traditional songs and new original songs. Fiddle and 12-string guitar rubs shoulders with Irish pipes and electric guitars in an ethereal strange-folk mix.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching loveliness... 6 Jun 2011
By slumbering - Published on
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Mind the Gap, I did, and I was transported to the gorgeous world of Rebsie Fairholm. Her voice is like the caress of a beautiful spirit. In this album, she mixes old with new, traditional with original, to create a breathtaking elixir of song. Ethereal and haunting, Rebsie has enchanted me forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique!!! 25 Sep 2009
By S. T. Flowers - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes eerie, sometimes ethereal, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes classical, this very unique singer has the artistry to create quite a palette of vocal styles and deliveries. Definitely one to watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A vital, vibrant marriage of tradition and technology 25 Aug 2009
By Michael K. Kivinen - Published on
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After first receiving acclaim as a playwright for her drama "This Wretched Splendour", Rebsie Fairholm (née Rebecca Wilby) turned her considerable talents to music. "Mind the Gap", her first full-length album, is the richly rewarding result. To get a sense of her music, imagine soulfully sung, psychedelic settings of Celtic folk music, emanating from a soundscape that shares common ground with Brian Eno's "Another Green World" and the twilight dreaminess of Mazzy Star. Fairholm sings and plays keyboards, acoustic guitar, Celtic harp, and electric bass. Other musicians add mandolin, didgeridoo, and uileann pipes to this vital, vibrant marriage of tradition and technology.

Using Macintosh's GarageBand home recording tools, Fairholm began posting her music on the Macjams site about five years ago. This lead to her collaboration with songwriter and mandolin player, William Shaw, with whom--as the duo Revolving Doris--she recorded and released a five-song EP, "Imber". After Doris's dissolution, she pressed on as a solo artist.

Over its 46 minutes "Mind the Gap" contains a surprising diversity of material within an overall aural unity. There are covers of traditional songs, early Pink Floyd ("Julia Dream"), and the Watersons; an eerie narration of Edgar Allan Poe's "Spirits of the Dead"; and two strikingly different originals: the alternative rock-inflected "Leafblower" and the more impressionistic "Round Window."

Bob Dylan once sang of empty rooms "where the angels' voices whisper to the souls of previous times." Rebsie Fairholm's voice and music make the sounds that I imagine echoing through those empty rooms.
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