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Roots/Folk Music 11/09/09

By Damien Murray

Despite influences ranging from Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Alison Krauss and various artists in their parents’ vintage record collection, Canadian duo Madison Violet - Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac - has developed a distinctive sound of its own.

As can be heard on the girls’ new album, No Fool For Trying, the pair’s music is an appealing mix of both city-folk and tumbleweed pop.

Three years after their last recording session in London, this album takes the band in a new direction and down a road lush with harmonies, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and upright bass.

The songs may be of heartache and loss, but the listener will always find an uplifting twang in their sound; one that may invoke the essence of Lucinda Williams.

The touring duo, which plays its first local tour next week, has been supporting artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Indigo Girls and even The Temptations in Europe, Australia and Canada.

Madison Violet plays Rathfriland’s Bronte Music Club on Tuesday, Belfast’s Errigle Inn on Wednesday and Omagh’s Strule Arts Centre on Thursday.

damien.murray@hotmail.co.uk

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