For a virtual unknown Simple Kid (Ciaran McFeely) has a nice mantelpiece full of critical adulation (he has been here before with the short lived outfit the Young Offenders). Perhaps McFeely is just too clever for the record buying public in his home country but it is still hard to understand why he has had such a limited impact. The greatest ignominy must surely have been the failure of Simple Kid 2 to make the shortlist for the Choice Music Awards (Ireland’s top 10 albums of the year) for 2006. The Cork Kid’s oft worn stetson gives a clue to the goods he peddles, he has a certain americana bias but you don’t have to be fan of that scene to enjoy the finger licking vibes. ‘Staring At The Sun’ was a single from his self-titled debut released in 2003 and displays the admirable differentiation with which McFeely goes about his business. KD
Simple Kid – Staring At The Sun
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