Ella Edmondson: Hold Your Horses

~ Sunday, 14 June 2009
Ella Edmonson has performing in her genes. The eldest daughter of comedians Ade Edmondson and Jennifer Saunders is the latest of the young breed of performers and songwriter dragging the English folk scene into the new millennium and indeed this, her debut album features contributions from fellow new wave folkers Kate Rusby, John McCusker and Donald Shaw.

Her voice has a haunting yet melodic characteristic to it that manages to lift her above many of her peers and is put to good use on the lilting
Open Fire and the stark Fold, while other songs such as The Other Side and Capable just seem out of place and the songwriting a bit naive.

There is enough here to suggest that there is better to come from this rising star of the folk world, but for now this sounds as if she is only half way there.


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