Cork band the Shaker Hymn follow up 2016’s Do You Think You’re Clever? with the five-track EP The Shape Of The Sea, due April 10. ‘Brother (Love In Flight)’ is the first taster and sees the group in sanguine territory. Singer Caoilian Sherlock opines that “no one’s losing faith in your mind”, that “it’s all right, all my love’s in flight”. It’s a really nice and chill song that shows a softer side of the Shaker Hymn. The press release says: “The group began working on their third album at the tail end of 2017. An unexpected hiatus due to health concerns forced the group to put those plans on halt last year. While the band took a break, songwriters Caoilian Sherlock and Robbie Barron began putting together demos of folk influenced songs inspired by some of the duos favourite artists such as John Prine, Steve Gunn, The Lost Brothers and Joan Shelley. The five tracks that make up The Shape Of The Sea EP, due out on April 10, are songs from these recording sessions. Some songs are a few years old, written on the road while on tour in the US over five years ago. Others are brand new, finished together, bouncing lyrics off each other between the live room and the studio. When the two decided the songs should be used for more than mere demos, they asked some friends and collaborators to join them to finish off the EP. Drummer and producer Brendan Fennessy lends his percussive insight to most of the songs. While on ‘The Hearts Of Some’, Marlene Enright, Choice Music Prize nominee for 2017’s Placemats and Second Cuts, provides arresting harmonies.”

The Shaker Hymn acoustic tour dates:
February 22: Levis’s Cornerhouse, Ballydehob
April 13: The Workman’s Club, Dublin
April 14: Coughlan’s, Cork
May 3: The Record Room, Limerick
May 10-12: It Takes A Village Festival