IS IT a bird? Is it a workshop? No, it's a countrified folk group, here with their debut album, Sleight Of Hand. Sort of. Because Sparrow And The Workshop claim this release is a 'mini-album', too long to be an EP and too short to be an album - which is either lazy or self-indulgent, depending on your point of view. Anyway, what isn't lazy is the Glaswegians' music, which for the best part rattles along with a pleasing acoustic guitar twang and evocative vocal intertwining of drummer Gregor Donaldson and Jill "Dead Sparrow" O'Sullivan. But is the trio's Scottish Americana worth a listen? Only slightly - in fact, why not wait for them to bother making a full album.
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