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Mary Faherty

Discography


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Debut Album, Released 2014

Paint                  Lotus Land Tonight

Dark Horse          I Believe

Angel                 Beauty for Ashes

Broken Wings      Janie

I Could Love You Forever      Adoniai  


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The Hermit's Music

A Collaboration of Vancouver Island Songwriters

Born in Ontario and adopted by a family living near Toronto, for as long as she remembers, Mary has been captivated by music. She started listening for her muse on the piano at the age of 3. She has always been sensitive to all things spiritual and having the opportunity to spend a lot of time as a young girl in Muskoka, Haliburton and Sauble Beach, she has a strong appreciation of nature.

After getting her first guitar as a teenager, Mary started teaching herself how to play, hoping to one day share her songs that are inspired from the wild beauty found in nature and in life. She has lived in the US, Vancouver and northern BC before moving to Nanaimo in 2009. In Nanaimo, she has found a very collaborative and supportive network of musicians and artists, including Dave Kilbank, who produced her first CD and is presently producing her second CD.

Mary's music reflects her belief that God can bring beauty from ashes.


Video Links:     Paint    Dark Horse ( live at the Nanaimo Folk Connection )


Review by Dave Morrison

There is something about Nanaimo singer-songwriter Mary Faherty’s 10-track debut CD that stays with the listener long after the final notes of the closing cut, Adonai, have faded. A melancholy, minor key affair from beginning to end, I Believe’s autumnal melodies waft around one’s mind, worming their way in to remain there awhile for further consideration. Yet despite the overall downbeat mood and occasional heartbreaking lyric, I Believe is a richly satisfying experience purely because, sad or otherwise, it is a quite lovely creation.

Apart from subtle delivery and a permeating wistfulness, the keys to the success of this release are Faherty’s pure, emotive voice and a simplistic sonic approach of acoustic guitar, synth swells and programmed strings. Apart from sparely employed backing vocals from fellow Hermit's Music artist, Cali Massey, or Faherty herself, that’s pretty much the lay of the land for the entire 43 minutes. It works a treat, with collaborator/producer Dave Kilbank’s Mellotron-like washes reminiscent of some of The Moody Blues’ more reflective moments. This tack is particularly effective on the pivotal cut, Beauty for Ashes, which also happens to boast the crushing opening lines: “I wondered if life was going to take me to a place I could call home / Broken, battle-scarred and always felt alone / Choking on the ashes of many yesterdays.” Powerful stuff indeed, though typical of Faherty’s direct lyrical approach throughout.

Produced with a knowing ear for the importance of space around a performance serving as a contributor in itself, I Believe projects an air of mystery and mysticism simply via its haunting sonic landscape. Delicate acoustic guitars, Faherty’s naturally soothing vocal tone and the aforementioned understated programming ensure that I Believe is one of those contemporary folk releases as relevant to today’s roots scene as it would have been had it appeared out of Laurel Canyon in 1971. There is a timeless feel to proceedings, pitching the songs to be as equally appealing, I am sure, to fans of vintage folk music as they would be to those in thrall to hipper examples of the indie folk-rock sphere, such as Fleet Foxes, Luluc and First Aid Kit, to name but three.

This is a promising and emotionally engaging debut from Faherty, and further evidence of the artistic intent of The Hermit’s Music, fast becoming a local independent concern of note.