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Review by Real Roots Café (NL)

Seven White Horses is galloping trough the world of music critics and wow, what a great review this is by Real Roots Café; the oldest online music blog in the Netherlands.

The review is written by Bas Booy in Dutch and can be found at realrootscafe.com. Please find a translation of the review below:

Boxin’ The Vox, Seven White Horses

First, let’s introduce: Boxin’ The Vox is a folk duo from our own country (the Netherlands), consisting of the couple Anne-Lotte Paymans (vocals, guitar) and David Plasmeijer (banjo, guitars, drums, lute and vocals). The duo played their first concert at Mulligans Irish Music Bar in Amsterdam in 2013. Irish music is their great love, they are inspired by Mary Black, Luka Bloom, Sinead O’Connor, The Dubliners, The Fureys and The Pogues as well as a lot of Americans from the 60/70’s like Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel and also compatriots like Boudewijn de Groot.

In 2017 they released their debut CD with Irish traditionals and some contemporary songs. For the second CD they wrote all 10 songs themselves and that worked out very well. With help on fiddle (Adam Shapiro), box (David Munnelly), mandolin (Janos Koolen) and standing bass (Jon O’Connell) they play the stars of heaven. Delicious Irish violence on ‘The Whiskey (the e in between is a must in Ireland) War’, a (true) war between Denmark and Canada with liquor at stake, a subtle ballad (‘Close’), an attempt to settle just the terrible Alzheimer’s disease in ‘Mr. Alzheimer’s’ (Hey, Mr. Alzheimer, listen to me before you go and take a precious memory. See that woman, she was a nurse, she saved so many but now she’s got your curse. See that man, he was a volunteer. He had so much to give, but now he lives in fear.) The single is available separately, the proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer Nederland.

Keep The Fires Burning’ is about Anne-Lotte’s birthplace Nieuwkoop and ends with a verse in Dutch: ‘Laat de vuren branden, smeed het ijzer met hoop. Waar je ooit zult belanden, je kunt altijd terug naar Nieuwkoop’ (Keep the fires burning, forge the iron with hope. Where ever you will end up, you can always go back to Nieuwkoop).

An extremely sympathetic and successful album, this second one from Boxin’ The Vox. Contemporary enough to appeal to listeners with less of a penchant for real Irish. (Independent)

Review by Bas Booy for realrootscafe.com

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