Lucy Zirins Sings To You Live At The Old Courts

Lucy Zirins Sings To You Live At The Old CourtsA live album with the young, talented vivacious Lancashire Lass Lucy Zirins, will always be beguiling full of songs and tales that sparkle like the clearest blue sky. Lucy with a smile in her voice brings to any audience a warmth as she shares her thoughts and the cascading laughter that makes any moment full of smiles and friendship.  Throughout the fifteen live tracks the interludes weaving the songs into the musically filled life of Lucy, performing since her teens she has a back catalogue of songs that are a memory box for her and you as you remember the first time you heard Lucy sing the song. With twelve originals, the album also has three covers that give the album breadth as acoustic blues, Americana and British Folk are explored through her guitar, sweet vocals and Andy Crowdy on bass or as Lucy describes The Big Guitar. Across the album are old favourites and two previously unreleased tracks.  From her EP What’s in Front of Me, Lucy opens the show with the title track. If Lucy is asking the question regarding her career it has to be one that will be filled with highs and the inner knowledge that audiences up and down the land and across oceans will always respond to the musical hug that is Lucy Zirins music. We then have the first dip into her acclaimed album Chasing Clocks with One Day Soon. We are now in the mellow, insistently tasty acoustic world of Lucy Zirins A Whirling exploration on gentle clouds pushed forward by a summer breeze.  The first of the two previously unreleased numbers Right Side of Wrong, is modernity and the traditional colliding into a delightful mix as is it the first song whose inspiration is taken from Netflix? In celebration of the darker side of politics of The House of Cards and we hear a deeper darker tone to the guitar and vocals.  The other unrecorded track is an upbeat party song Changing Ground. With a fairground excitement, the beat is like riding the merry-go-round as we are on the Zirins carousel of life in music as the audience joins in with some call and response.

The favourites are dispersed through this melodic journey full of warmth and friendship with Mercy, Wine and Worry In Tall Buildings and closing out with Stand By Me a reworking of a classic. With this is a delectable live album yes fans of singer/songwriter Americana roots music will always Stand By Lucy Zirins.


Live at the Old Courts – Lucy Zirins – Gingersnap Music
Released 18th December 2018

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. What’s In Front Of Me
  2. One Day Soon*
  3. Interlude: The Big Guitar
  4. Tearing Me Down*
  5. Interlude: Netflix
  6. Right Side of Wrong*
  7. Interlude: Hi Dad
  8. Separate Ways*
  9. Interlude: First BBC Session
  10. You Won’t Remember Me*
  11. In Tall Buildings (Hartford)
  12. Make Me Down A Pallet on Your Floor (trad)
  13. Interlude Bins & Moisturiser
  14. Mercy*
  15. Changin Ground*
  16. Worry & Wine*
  17. Goodnight*
  18. Interlude: Thanks & Cottage Pie
  19. Stand By Me (Nelson/Leiber/Stoller)

*Composed by Lucy Zirins

Lucy Zirins Sings To You Live At The Old Courts

EP Review: Lucy Zirins ~ What’s In Front Of Me


Lucy Zirins
What’s In Front Of Me
Gingersnap Music


There has been a long wait for follow-up of recorded music from Lucy Zirins, her debut album Chasing Clocks set the bar high.  This is a snug little E.P. What’s In Front Of Me is a signpost of a future that shines bright as Lucy continues her solo, duo shows and a new band. There are half a dozen tracks that allow the nightingale of Burnley and her acoustic guitar continue to deliver the Zirins sparkle to modern English country shaded with blue her laugh is infectious and her vocals are mesmeric. Lucy is a talented songwriter with lyrics that blend around melodies and tell a tale.  The album has special guests to had tonal depth and excitement pedal steel legend BJ Cole and Richard Causon on keys along with her touring band “The Southern Company” including Andy Crowdy, Simon Price and Pete Billington.


The mix of styles shows the full scope of Lucy’s talents opening with the title track the guitar glows and the intro is full but the album really takes shape as Lucy’s vocals warm the song, her honeyed tones firm around the lyrics picking up the words and giving them musical shape.  The tempo rises and the instrumentation has more attitude and the vocals mean business on this country instilled number Changing Ground that will get everyone’s feet stomping. In the middle are two tracks that continue to show Lucy’s personality Falling to Pieces and a reflective gentle number Mercy. Feeling like a change of direction as the tempo hardens with a blues number that rocks Worry and Wine then there is a twist again with the closing song You Don’t Remember Me. This is folk with a Celtic twist ending the E.P. with refrains of fiddles that add a melancholy sadness as we are taken into a future of unknowns. What’s In Front Of Me is a tantilising taster that bodes well for the main course a full studio album for 2016.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. What’s In Front of Me
  2. Changing Ground
  3. Falling to Pieces
  4. Mercy
  5. Worry and the Wine
  6. You Won’t Remember Me



CD – Lucy Zirins – Chasing Clocks

Lucy Zirinscover
Chasing Clocks
Release Date 25th March 2013

“Chasing Clocks”, is the much awaited début album from the award-winning songbird from Burnley, having been recognised at The British Blues Awards ‘British Newcomer’ and Blues Matters Writers Poll , winning ‘Best Newcomer’ and runner-up in Best Solo Artist Category during 2012.

This 12-track album is fully of beautiful, thoughtful and often wistful lyrics penned by Lucy, that makes her stand out from the crowd especially when teamed up with her guitar sitting on the stage she is a complete package. The album was recorded at the famous analogue Toe Rag Studios, London. The studio has played to host to many famous acts,
including The White Stripes, who recorded multi platinum album “Elephant” there, the mellow sound created suits Lucy’s style with its inner warmth. The addition of a wide range of instruments and musicians enhance but never swap the delicate simplicity of Lucy’s voice and lyrics, you just know these songs will sound just as good when she is performing live with only her trusty guitars for company.

This album spans the full gamut if genres that nurture the solo artist, including blues, country, folk and pop, that have been skilfully blended so that it is Lucy’s talent that shines through so she cannot be pigeon-holed and constrained. Yes the album could be sent down the chute as ‘Americana‘ but the lass from Lancashire has created her own cocktail of music that is truly from the British tradition, great songs sung to a delightful melody. The tracks reflect the album title as the music takes you through the landscape of time, with ‘Separate Ways’ with the mournful, soulful opening of cellos, and then the star of the show Lucy’s voice kicks in, full of emotion of regret of love lost; and later on in the CD the theme is returned to with ‘The Last One’ with its definite country feel, in which she lays her emotions bare with the relevant use once again of time and this time she could be the one forever. Followed by songs of dreams and wishes ‘Home’ in which reflections are articulated by the words, with the tone of Lucy’s voice deeper and soulful with superb accompaniment from the phalanx of musicians used to add texture. ‘One Day Soon’ has a more bluesy feel and showcases the guitar and vocal skills of Lucy and reminds me of the stage act we have come to love from this talented young lady; and those of heartbreak and separation ‘Tearing Me Down’, ‘Hours to Waste’; and then the lullaby a simple tune that is soothing to the soul and then ‘Goodnight’ written about musicians that die too young and the CD ends. You then just repeat it all again as this is an accomplished début CD from what must be a raising star that will shine bright as her songs are heard from stages and music stations across the land. Michael Messer producer and mentor must be very proud of the album and Lucy with this album though not traditional blues but it is definitely a classic album of great recording, songs and melodies with a modern twist on roots based music.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD a doodle rating of