To us here at Artree, Heidi Talbot is a household name and although it’s only been three years since her last solo music project, it feels as though it has been an eternity for us. Thankfully however, our epic wait comes to an end with Here We Go 1, 2, 3.
Here We Go 1, 2, 3 is a charming, whimsical and eloquent album that is brought to us by one of the most stunningly talented women working in the music industry today. As with any of her other works, the first thing you will be hit by is her soft Irish lilt. Fluttering about, her honey-sweet vocals are tender, earnest and warming. Her gently accented words are the perfect representation of traditional Irish music, sending your thoughts drifting across rolling green valleys beneath stark blue skies. Her voice washes over you, leaving you totally relaxed and at ease.
Of course, as astounding as Talbot’s vocals are, she has chosen to accompany them with some of the most wonderful, serene and charming music that can be produced. Bold and friendly, she is surrounded by soothing fiddles and sombre piano keys. There is something fragile and tender in her music whilst at the same time it’s brazen and jovial; it’s bouncing and familial, leaving you with your feet tapping against the ground in mirth. Her music is so carefully composed and crafted and her tales have the power to bring a tear to your eye and put a spring in your step. Here We Go 1, 2, 3 is filled with soaring Celtic medleys but it breathes a new and more contemporary life into them and brings them to us in a deeply evocative manner.
Talbot has one of the most undeniably beautiful voices in the music industry today; her rich, angelic tones pass over you like a warm ocean breeze. You combine this skill with her cheerful, tender and soulful music and you have a match made in heaven. Here We Go 1, 2, 3 has been years in the making but listening to it you can’t help but pray that it’s not another three years before we hear Talbot again.
Review by Joe Knipe
Catch Heidi on tour
Oct 6th Liverpool, Music Room
Oct 7th Barnard Castle, The Witham
Oct 8th Bromsgrove, Artrix
Oct 9th Stroud, The Convent
Oct 11th Cambridge, The Junction
Oct 12th Bristol, St George’s
Oct 13th London, Cecil Sharp House
Oct 14th Newbury, Arlington Arts Centre
Oct 15th Colchester, Arts Centre
Nov 5th Barnsley, The Civic
Nov 6th Bury, The Met
Nov 10th Peebles, Eastgate Arts Centre
Nov 11th Stirling, The Tolbooth
*with the John McCusker band
More details at http://www.heiditalbot.com/