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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING

“While the voice gives Talon of the Blackwater its beauty, her writing is what gives it depth.”     Donnie Moorhouse, The Republican

“Dreamy, visionary, cutting edge.”  Holly Hopple, Herndon Festival

“Your music is very paradoxical… there’s an intelligence about it that’s informed from an interior place which creates true originality and I’m using that word in its true meaning, “emerging from the origin, the source”.  This duality of a simplicity and a uniqueness is very refreshing.” Joseph Marcello, Greenfield Recorder  “Humility & Conviction”

“Inspired by greats like guitarist Pat Metheny, Siersema brings the power of her crystalline voice and compositional skills to bear on her third release…understated accompaniments are at times brilliant…Siersema takes the traditional spiritual ‘Wade in the Water’ and makes it her own with a ghostly arrangement reminiscent of Daniel Lanois’s work…the excellent 14-minute ‘Along the Fenway’ features cellist Eugene Friesen and is strikingly beautiful.” Progression, The Quarterly Journal of Progressive Music

[Siersema’s poems] “lend a riveting, personal touch to the record, and at times cut so deep the hair on the listener’s skin goes on end.”  Josh Shear, Reminder Publications

“Enthralling and complex music with world-class musicians.”  Sheryl Hunter, Greenfield Recorder

“Her voice beckons mercilessly to the physical world like the bodiless spirit that haunts the mansion on a faraway hill.  Wanderers beware…”  Independent Songwriter Magazine Pick of the Month

“Experimental, serene and surreal…” Sarah Craig, Caffe Lena

“Siersema has power in her words…Some of the songs begin with her reading poetry, and let me tell you, I could sit enraptured listening to a full album of her simply doing this…it sets up the tunes in a fashion that I’ve never quite experienced before. ”  Mish Mash Indie Music Reviews

“We LOVE your music.” Kelley & Cyrus, Yurt Radio, Hampshire College

“Folk fans should take note, as well as those that like classical music, and Tori Amos.”           Suzie Siegel, Tampa Tribune

“She sings like an angel.”  Gary Lee, Mt. Wachusett Folk Cafe

“A touch Celtic, a touch New Age, she is uncategorizable, a passion rare in folk music today.”  John Henry, WCUW, Worcester

“Laura is an acoustic craftsman, a wordsmith…with the soul and lyrics of a true poet…” Indie-Music Reviews

“STUNNING!!!”  David Weide, KUNV, Las Vegas

“…they should make movies out of music like this.”  Holbrook, Jamaica Plain Arts News

“There are a few who can carry us beyond….by indenting our souls–by effecting change in the soul whereby the mood is retained and perhaps never to be lost…your music has the power to do just this! You have given a sort of ‘storehouse’ for our spirit’s garden. The places that are in greatest need of nourishment are thereby fulfilled.”
in a letter from Vincent Tripi, haiku poet

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