"Ivy" album review:
"Imaginative and pleasing arrangements of tunes - fascinating! The last song unashamedly brings back echoes of the Watersons. Cupola are well worth seeing live, this album gives a good taste!"
"What a joy! Solid rhythms from the back line of bass and mandola underpin the distinct and exciting music from 3 supreme melody musicians. The combination gives you DanceCupola. They are just fabulous to dance to and the subtlety of the arrangements and harmonies make for a truly splendid listening experience as well. Calling with them is sublime and I never want the nights to end."
The Bright Young Folk Review
Kirsty Bromley’s debut EP contains five contrasting songs, three with band and two unaccompanied solo, all of which showcase her voice beautifully. She has a fine bunch of musicians to work with, namely Oli Matthews on saxophones, clarinet, melodeon and percussion, Philippe Barnes on flute, guitar and whistles and Simon Dumpleton on accordion, piano and whistle.
The CD opens in a lively manner with a funky arrangement of Sydney Carter’s Crow on the Cradle opening song. This is in sharp contrast to the two traditional, unaccompanied songs.
Kirsty pure sweet voice carries a ballad well and her performance of The Trees they Do Grow High is captivating. Roll You Sweet Rain is arranged simply with accompaniment from the flute and piano. The song was written by Kate Fagan (sister of James, who took the photos for the sleeve).
The CD ends with a flourish in the shape of Singing Through the Hard Times performed with rich harmonies, and again with a simple accompaniment.
This EP is a musical gem.