Sally Doherty is a singer and flautist whose works embraces both the more esoteric worlds of artists associated with the defunct World Serpent label, as well as Latin and Jazz styles. Her diversity has even extended to the electro funk of Italian group Planet Funk, with whom she has regularly collaborated.
Sally Doherty / Electric ButterflyShayo 013
Electric Butterfly" came into being when the unique vocalist and songwriter Sally Doherty (collaborative members of Shock Headed Peters, Sieben, Richard Hawley, Sol Invictus) began working with the gifted musician and producer Colin Elliot. The 50-minute album include guest musicians Richard Hawley of Mute Records (guitars and vocals), Shez Sheridan (guitars) and Liz Hanks (cello). The pop sound of "Electric Butterfly" reveals glimpses of Sally’s life-long passion for French chanson, South American bolero and the songs of Jacques Brel and Scott Walker, and her love of incredible singers such as crazy Peruvian princess Yma Sumac and the smooth Chet Baker. This is a delicate record that will appeal to a wide audience, and please every lovers of Portishead, Björk and Goldfrapp, as well as Antony & The Johnsons' fans.by Mashenah
Sally Doherty and The Sumacs / Edge Of Spring, Shayo 008
A Collection of Songs (1995-2005)
With her rich pure voice nestling and soaring on piano ballads such as 'This Is What She Said' you could be forgiven that this is fairly standard singer / songwriter stuff, but when her voice is swathed in orchestration as on ''Our Senses' which incorporates harp it is apparent that Sally Doherty is working from a broader palette, with a wide range of influences and unafraid to experiment with sounds from other cultures. 'I Am A River' pits her expressive vocal against congas and eastern rhythms, 'O Caminho', a previously unissued tracks, flits effortlessly between taut orchestration and Spanish guitar influenced European pop. I'm more drawn to the classical textures of tracks such as the sombre 'Some Never Know' and 'The Endless Night' and the tracks culled from Black Is The Colour, Doherty's renderings of folk songs from around the world. Aside from flamenco flourishes of 'La Llorona', the other track have the orchestration peeled back acting as subtle shading to the lilting melody of her vocal. 'Lagan Love', 'Low Lowlands of Holland' and 'Black Is The Colour' are among my favourites here, and are renditions that would appeal to folk lovers.by Compulsion