Kirsty Bromley’s debut EP contains five contrasting songs, three with band and two unaccompanied solo, all of which showcase her voice beautifully. She has a fine bunch of musicians to work with, namely Oli Matthews on saxophones, clarinet, melodeon and percussion, Philippe Barnes on flute, guitar and whistles and Simon Dumpleton on accordion, piano and whistle.
The CD opens in a lively manner with a funky arrangement of Sydney Carter’s Crow on the Cradle opening song. This is in sharp contrast to the two traditional, unaccompanied songs.
Kirsty pure sweet voice carries a ballad well and her performance of The Trees they Do Grow High is captivating. Roll You Sweet Rain is arranged simply with accompaniment from the flute and piano. The song was written by Kate Fagan (sister of James, who took the photos for the sleeve).
The CD ends with a flourish in the shape of Singing Through the Hard Times performed with rich harmonies, and again with a simple accompaniment.
This EP is a musical gem.
1. Crow on the Cradle
2. The Trees They Do Grow High
3. Roll You Sweet Rain
4. Sweet Nightingale
5. Singing Through the Hard Times