Track Of The Day (1) – Little Sparrow – The Hunted (A Bear’s Tale)


Occasionally a singer comes along in possession of a voice of such extraordinary beauty allied to songs of unflinching emotional honesty that its effect on the listener can be quite profound.  Moreover, like all great music that comes from the right place it can sooth, console and briefly make your world an infinitely better place.  Essentially, it is the antitheses of the egregious caterwauling that passes for talent on the X Factor.  On this occasion, the artist in question is Manchester based singer songwriter Little Sparrow (Katie Ware) who has been blessed with not just a beautiful voice, but with the ability to write songs which are sweetly poetic yet never saccharine and flawlessly executed but never contrived.  It appears she also appreciates that subtly and nuance pack a far greater emotional punch when sharing the contents of your heart than shouty, warbley over emoting.

It’s difficult not to draw comparisons when writing about music, therefore you may detect a hint of All About Eve’s Julianne Regan, the song writing maturity and depth of Laura Marling, the slight otherworldliness of a less theatrical Kate Bush and even Vashti Bunyan’s whimsical pastoral introspection.  You will surely also recognise that Little Sparrow is worth more than a thousand empty Syco production line warblers and as such you should allow your ears to embrace her music..which sounds like this….

If you like that you’ll love this, and it’s free


Little Sparrow Live by Shay Rowan

Live pic and heads up from Shay Rowan

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

Discussion3 Comments

  1. Love this song, refreshing and wonderfully understated. Thanks for the wonderful review of this artist, a gem!

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