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A Song of Survival Jay Lewis is left breathless by a magnificent cover of a lost gem

A Song of Survival

Jay Lewis is left breathless by a magnificent cover of a lost gem

by Jay Lewis, Reviews Editor
first published: June, 2021
Karen Dalton - Bold songs, heart wrenching vocals, idiosyncratic arrangements

The Breath
Something on Your Mind
(Real World)

I can easily take or leave most tribute records, but this is exceptional. 

Alongside those much lauded albums that you'll notice celebrating their fiftieth anniversaries this year (Marvin, Joni, Janis, Funkadelic...), is the haunting 'In My Own Time' the second and final album by the long lost folk/blues icon Karen Dalton.  Bold songs, heart wrenching vocals, distinctive and idiosyncratic arrangements, it's an equal to any of  those other, far more famous, records.

Anyone attempting to pay tribute to Dalton must be brave and exceptionally talented. So, thank heavens that award winning singer and songwriter Ríoghnach Connolly and guitarist Stuart McCallum (collectively known as The Breath) are fans. Connolly is a vocalist whose warmth, range and soul brings songs to life in a way that makes you feel her presence, to make you understand her own take on the story. 

The Breath's interpretation of 'In My Own Time' opener 'Something on Your Mind' is exquisite. As a singer Connolly had channelled her own grief and trauma into the song. It is a a song of survival and it is a  cathartic and remarkable interpretation.

A stunning and essential release. 

The Breath


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The Breath band image by Duncan Elliot

Jay Lewis
Reviews Editor

Jason Lewis is a Birmingham based music, movie and arts obsessive. Jason's encyclopedic knowledge of 80s/90s Arts films is a debt to his embedded status in the Triangle Arts Centre trenches back then.


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