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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

SINGER-SONG­WRITER Sa­man­tha Crain Cleere’s Theatre Kilkenny 7pm ¤15 cleeres.com; also Sun­day, Cough­lan’s Cork 9pm ¤10 cough­lans.ie We love a smart al­bum ti­tle, and the fifth stu­dio record from US singer-song­writer Sa­man­tha Crain (right) has a good one – You Had Me at Good­bye. Five al­bums in and the Ok­la­homa tune­smith has de­vel­oped into as fine a folk/pop song­writer as you would have hoped for. Crain’s song­writ­ing piv­ots around her love of lit­er­a­ture (her 2008 debut EP, based on five of her short sto­ries, is

ti­tled The Con­fis­ca­tion – a

Mu­si­cal Novella), and over the past eight years she has con­tin­ued to re­lease al­bums that ad­vance the no­tion of in­tel­li­gent song­writ­ing while stay­ing true to ba­sic song ar­range­ments. She had us from the very start, more like. TCL

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