The Magpie Arc – EP2

EP Review | Collective/Perspective | Review by Allan Wilkinson

For the second in this series of three Eps, currently being trickled out in advance of the ‘band of pals’ full length debut due for a 2021 release, we are once again treated to some full-blown Folk Rock in the capable hands of Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson, Adam Holmes, Tom A Wright and Alex Hunter, collectively The Magpie Arc.  If “Darling Charms” falls somewhere in the middle of a Fotheringport Albionspan ball park, with Nancy Kerr’s dominant and convincing lead voice in full command of this new material, then the torchlit “I Should Have Walked”, written by Martin Simpson, showcases once again Simpson’s sensitivity and reliable way with words.  Nancy’s “Cinnabar” expresses vividly the unified tightness within the band, a band we’re all desperate to see live.  As a fine conclusion, Adam Holmes goes all Born on the Bayou on us with “Roll Your Stone Away”, co-written by Tom A Wright, and which features some tasty slide guitar, where you get the feeling that someone is relishing in his long awaited Lowell George moment.  We need more Lowell George moments in the world today.  This is just good stuff to get your ears around.