HER SONGS have "a bedroom lo-fi acoustic folk feel...albeit with an advanced skill for creating an atmosphere through arrangement and tone” according to Nialler9, while BBC Radio Ulster's Stuart Bailie said, "Behold, a hummingbird."
This is just some of the praise which has been deservedly lavished on Jealous Of The Birds (aka County Armagh's Naomi Hamilton ), who plays the upstairs bar of the Róisín Dubh on Friday May 11 at 8pm.
Musically, her songs range from anthemic slacker rock to indie-folk to folk-pop to even a touch of the blues. Describing them, she said: “My only hope is that the songs sound like a real friend talking." A listen to her magnificent 2016 debut album, Parma Violets (Galway Advertiser Irish Album of 2016 ) proves that.
It is a deep, emotional, often personal album, where colours a frequent reference point: "She said, 'I'm as blue as a robin's egg/I've done nothing to make me proud'" ('Miss misanthrope' ); "I punched Marcus in the nose/now there's blood over his clothes/cherry red, cherry red" (the conversely enigmatic yet confessional 'Marcus' ). And colours or none, Hamilton has a way with words, full stop: "Hang Tibetan paintings on my bedroom wall/stick stars on the ceiling so I don't feel so small/God I wish I could call you, what the hell would I say?"
Tickets are available from www.roisindubh.net; the Ticket Desk at OMG Zhivago, Shop Street; and The Róisín Dubh.