THE HAR­VEST MIN­IS­TERS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - PADRAIG COLLINS

Crayon Records With some bands you just have won­der why they’re not bet­ter known. These Dublin­ers are one of them. Af­ter 27 years, five al­bums and as­sorted sin­gles and EPs, you have a chance to catch up: The Har­vest Min­is­ters have fi­nally re­leased an an­thol­ogy on vinyl (with 13 tracks) and down­load (with five ex­tra songs). The bril­liant opener, You Do My World the World of Good, has os­ten­si­bly up­beat lyrics wed­ded to melan­choly mu­sic; If It Kills Me and It Will does the op­po­site – bleak words and a 1970s soulpop melody. Six O’Clock Is Rosary and A River Wed­ding are lost should-have-been-hits clas­sics. Har­vest Min­is­ters main­stay Will Mer­ri­man is a gifted song­writer, but if you know the band then you al­ready know that. If not, now is the per­fect time to find out. the­har­vest­min­is­ters.band­camp. com Down­load: Six O’Clock Is Rosary, Fu­neral Pass­ing By, A River Wed­ding

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