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One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite artists. I love this version as it is quite close to what was on the original album. Peter has redone this song on at least one occasion…. one of his greatest hits albums “Shaking the Tree”. Prior to that I had heard him quoted that he wanted to redo the song as he had always felt that it was “overdone” on the album. I had always disagreed. In my opinion it is hard to improve on perfection. Enjoy!!

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Here are a couple videos of Sarah June performing live at the Hotel Utah in San Francisco July 20, 2010. She is such an amazing songwriter and accomplished guitar player. Enjoy!!

“From My Window High”

“Motown”

Sarah June Live Hotel Utah San Francisco. June 20, 2010 8:00 PM

Wish I could be there it will be a great show!!

Hotel Utah

Rat Wakes Red is the musical vision of James Raftery. The latest incarnation of this vision is a new CD titled “Acres”. The album is a collection of 18 songs featuring James on vocals, guitars, piano, synths, organ, and tin whistle. To further round out the sound James is joined by a supporting cast on bassoon, clarinet, French horn and drums. In addition, on the opening track “Always”, he is joined on vocals by the incomparable Hannah Fury.

Musically “Acres” 18 tracks bring to mind a slow float down a peaceful river surrounded by lush vegetation with textured sounds and sights overhead. It really is a very beautiful piece of work. However, underneath the surface there seems to be something else hiding. Although I have read the lyrics I can’t quite seem to put my finger on it. There is a sense of loss, a sense of betrayal. Some of them may be childhood memories coming to the surface in veiled misty clouds clearing momentarily to show once hidden scars and resentment.

My absolute favorite track on the album is “Always”. The harmonies James creates are lovely and then when Hannah Fury’s vocals come in I just melt. Hannah’s vocals are so beautiful and add an angelic sound to the piece. To me it seems as if Hannah’s vocal part offers a way to escape from whatever has haunted him in the past. This song alone is worth the price of the CD. I keep hearing it over and over in my head and in this case that is a most wonderful occurrence.

Another stand out track is “Come Over”.  James beautifully layers his vocals with a strong lead voice and background harmonies (all his it seems). Voice and piano with  cryptic lyrics that seem to speak of release and finding your own direction in life. Your truth.

“Forestry” is very interesting musically with an almost medieval feel to the music and a sing-song style to the vocals. Lyrics that speak of honor and courage so maybe I am on the right path here. With layers hidden behind the trees “Forestry” is well worth several listens.

All in all this is a great album. This is the first I have heard Rat Wakes Red and even though it was the word of Hannah Fury’s participation that brought me along for the ride, I can truly say that I enjoyed the whole journey.

You can find more about Rat Wakes Red and “Acres” as well as his other releases here….. Rat Wakes Red

A very interesting Guitarist Interview from Silber Media with Sarah June.

Sarah June Interview

Sarah produces such wonderful image filled songs that video seems a natural media for her. At this point videos are somewhat far and in between. Over the past couple of years I have created three fan based videos and there are a handful of live videos from one of her shows. I hope that soon there will be more of the live videos to share with the world. Here are two that I have created (I apologize in advance for any “borrowed” images. Plus a a couple of her live shows as well. I wish the video was better on the live shows but that will rectified in the near future.

Judgement Day

Illustrated Man

The Reaper – Live

My Red Shoes – Live

In this nice interview Hannah talks about her early years, recording, influences and has the final word on Cuttlefish.
Hannah Interview

This is a great site for artists as well as listeners. I love their music player.

Seethismxray

Music blogging guru Muruch is celebrating 10 years of music blogging excellence this month. She has done several articles on Hannah Fury and probably without question the best interview with her ever. Congratulations on setting the standard and standing above the crowd and lighting the way for all of these years.  Hannah is referenced several times in the article and by clicking on her name you can see the archive of all of her Hannah posts and the wonderful interview. Best of luck and much success for many years to come!!

“A Decade of Muruch”

Sarah June – Crossbones In Your Eyes.