CONNOR WALSH – The Hardest Path EP (own label)

The Hardest PathConnor Walsh – a very talented, young, upcoming musician, based in Devon is to release his new EP, The Hardest Path, on September 2nd, and a fabulous EP it is! Connor has written this from experiences in his own life, and says that “…there is a strange beauty in the Darkest of Times”. All tracks are self-penned. The Hardest Path has four tracks and perfectly shows his wealth of talent.

‘Down The Line’. A story of relationships and time. Starting slowly and then reaching a high point, beautifully crafted and belted out on the guitar, harmonies and bodhran from Emma Mcelhinney.

‘Fellow Man’ has a strong Irish flavour asking us to rise your glass to those that look after our country, and hoping that they will not be sent to a foreign land. Very dramatic and rhythmic track played on mandolin. Harmonies and bodrhan from Emma.

‘Hold On’ leads us into a false quiet beginning then let’s rip as only Connor can do! In the song he is experiencing pain, and needs holding on to. Very clever voice mix and guitar, you can feel the anguish.

‘The Call’ is probably my favourite track. Dramatic beginning then ends with frenetic guitar. Listen to ‘The Call to guide us home to our sons’! Amazing song writing and tune! Again harmonies and bodrhan from Emma.

Connor is certainly going to be going places on the music scene and is already making waves in the local Devon area. He is very confident and has a great stage presence. The album launch will be August Bank Holiday weekend at The Sorry Head in Exeter, and I’m looking forward to seeing him live again.

Folk-rock legend Rev Hammer, who has also helped sponsor the album with Barry Walsh says this of Connor’s work:

“A great collection of street balladry from the Gutter Rat King. Powerful and evocative song writing aided and abetted by dancing fiddle and some sweet, sweet backing vocals. This perfectly captures the live essence of the man”

Says it all really!

Ably produced by Alex Johnstone in Exeter.

Jean Camp

‘Hold On’ – official video:

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