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MICHELLE BURKE

Step into My Par­lour

★★★★ Kil­cronat Records

Now here’s a rev­e­la­tory col­lec­tion. Michelle Burke takes leave of her role as lead singer with Cher­ish The Ladies and makes her con­sid­er­able mark on a de­li­cious se­lec­tion of par­lour songs, each one de­liv­ered with a cu­ra­to­rial ear for de­tail that re­veals more with each re­turn visit. At first, it’s as though she’s chan­nelling Blos­som Dearie, but Burke takes each song by the scruff of the neck and makes it her very own. There’s a warmth at the core of this col­lec­tion that begs for trans­la­tion to her live per­for­mance, which by all ac­counts is a mix of songs, sherry and a row or two of knit­ting. Cathal McConnell’s ac­com­pa­ni­ment on Dan O’Hara el­e­vates this time-worn tale from maudlin sen­ti­men­tal­ity to gos­samer ro­mance. Guests in­clude Rhi­an­non Gid­dens, Heidi Tal­bot and Maura O’Con­nell. michelle­burke­mu­sic.com

SIOB­HÁN LONG

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