on 22 April 2007
Having enjoyed seeing Hummingbird on their recent tour I bought the promo cd. They've got potential to become very popular. The UK's Dixie Chicks? Perhaps, but at the moment closer to the Wailin' Jennies. Amy Wadge comes across with the more forceful voice (like Natalie Maines in the Dixies) but it's the close harmonies with both Edwina Hayes and Cathy Burton that make this collection so good. All three are talented singer/songwriters and have a passion for the music. Here they share their songs - but it could be an example of the sum of the whole being greater than the individual parts.
on 9 August 2009
A short while ago, somebody got very frustrated that Amy Wadge, Edwina Hayes and Cathy Burton were all out there as highly accomplished musicians, highly inventive songwriters and all rather attractive to boot, not getting the level of attention and adulation they all so richly deserved.
"Hey up," whoever it was said to him/herself, "what would happen if we bunged them all together and promoted them jointly as The Three Sopranos?"
Well, what happened was a lovely one-off album called `Tougher Than Love' under the name of Hummingbird. It seemed like a good idea at the time. It still is.
The songs slip along elegantly, the harmonies are tight and the musicianship is impeccable. I know people who flag people down out of sheer admiration to urge them to buy this album.
Edwina Hayes' contribution `I Want Your Love' plays more or less as she performs it, but it is when you listen to Cathy Burton's version of `Everybody's Fool' and Hummingbird's that you realise what a subtly powerful impact the whole trio working together can make.
Personally, I would have liked Edwina and Cathy to have contributed more tracks, but clearly a decision was made somewhere to go for some more conventional penning. Nevertheless, all the songs are thematically substantial and fabulously performed.
Apparently there is about as much chance of Hummingbird reforming as of The Beatles doing so, which is a crying shame. New album by Hummingbird entitled `Crying Shame' please!