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Handle with care.Nancy Elizabeth Cunliffe’s debut is a bracing blast of Lancashire fresh air, offering the raw emotion of traditional folk music without the morris bells and hey nonny nonnies. The 23-year-old has a modern, earthy sensibility, replacing tales of witches and love potions with the moments of everyday beauty that turn her “insides into velvet cushions”. Her vocals swoop over sparkling, mountain-stream flows of Celtic harp, bouzouki and dulcimer; yet, like Nina Nastasia, there is also brittleness to this music. Songs such as Off With Your Axe never let you get too close.
Nancy Elizabeth - Battle and Victory, released 17 September 07 on Leaf.
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