Sweet Little Lies
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"SWEET LITTLE LIES A ray of sunshine from seven-piece collective."

You might expect an outfit named after a Fleetwood Mac song to come over all west coast country rock textures, radio-friendly melodies and sunny vocal harmonies. But these five tracks recorded in lovely Letrim by this seven-piece collective, display more Caribbean than Californian influences – mainly down to a reggae backbeat underpinning most of the tunes here. The clue might be in the opener, ‘Mango Picking’ which boasts a powerful vocal performance courtesy of Roisin Atcheson, over a languid groove and a lovely ska-brass arrangement. ‘Say What You Mean’ is even more rooted in Jamaica with a touch of The Police’s Regatta De Blanc, while ‘Caught Up’ is more slow jazz in execution, though similar in overall style. The folk-orientated ‘Got Me Falling’ showcases yet another side to this intriguing group, who manage to bring a warm glow to everything they touch. - Hot Press


Still working on that hot first release.



Fifteen years ago Roisin Atcheson picked up a guitar. She started off playing music in her bedroom, often inviting her friends along for an impromptu live lounge-style session at the end of her bed. Her small crowd of fans would sit on the floor and listen in awe as she'd transform even the plainest of pop songs into something beautiful. Skip forward to the present day, and Atcheson is still casting a spell on audiences, but this time it's with her own tracks. As the founding member of acoustic three piece Sweet Little Lies, she has taken centre stage alongside two of the best musicians and producers on the Irish circuit - percussionist Kevin Lowery and guitarist Allan Cooke.

Of course, the clue to Sweet Little Lies biggest musical influence lies in the name. They draw deserved comparisons with Fleetwood Mac, while Atcheson cites her own musical heroes, as Eva Cassidy, Tracy Chapman, KT Tunstall and The Cranberries. As is typical in the North West of Ireland, if a good band forms, word tends to travel quickly. Within a few months, Sweet Little Lies had released their self-title debut EP and had picked up praise from across the industry. Their infectious fusion of soul, reggae and acoustic funk has received extensive radio play, with one of the songs being used for the soundtrack for an Australian film currently in production. Hotpress called the record "A ray of sunshine", while BBC Radio Ulster described it as "a must have accessory for iPods and CD players everywhere. Just one listen and your hooked.”

While Lowery and Cooke have helped hone one of the most exciting EPs released this year, it's Atcheson's vocal performance that is the undeniable star of their live shows. She has been singled out by the Irish Daily Mirror as “a young singer whose tender yet transcending vocals make her a musical force to be reckoned with” - and there are few people who would argue. The vulnerable young teen playing in her bedroom is no more. Atcheson is now a passionate and soulful performer. Having toured extensively with international dates in the US, Asia, Australia and Europe as well as numerous Irish festivals, she has just returned from several dates in New Zealand. While there she performed alongside Amiria Grenel - who picked up album of the year at the Vodafone New Zealand 2012 Music Awards. Atcheson has won her fair share of accolades too. In 2011 she was a finalist in the Glinsk song contest and has recently collaborated with award winning song writer Graham Miley.

All in all, she's a very busy lady - but for the time being, at least, she's unpacked her guitar and is back in the studio with Sweet Little Lies working on material for a forthcoming debut album.

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