Recent Media Coverage of Sweet Ticket Music

fROOTS, April 2001
"This is an album drenched in atmospheres and a sense of place.'
'A glorious, emotional, physical thing.'
'An album of warm Celtic, World Fusion, gentle trip hop lite and celebrated Irish wit.'
'Goulding has created his own ambient soundscape, one that pulses and resounds in aural delights and images, truly unique.'

Irish Examiner, August 23, 2000

'Midnight Fry is much like the landscape of West Cork: giddy with shadows and swept with glorious, wildly coloured flourishes of light'
Marc O' Sullivan

'Limerick Leader', July 29th, 2000
'Midnight Fry', the new album from Tim Goulding is a beautiful mixture of melodic songs, Celtic influences and digital exploration..........Great vocals, creative music crafted by musicians who obviously love performing their undoubted talent.

'In Dublin', August. 10, 2000
"Tim Goulding retains the ability to surprise and enthrall.......'Midnight Fry' is the work of a maverick who has decided to ignore the dictates of fashion and go his own way " Hot Press "Midnight Fry is clearly a labour of love with over thirty musicians helping to create a mix of styles.

'Be Glad', Vol. 17, Winter 2000
This is certainly Tim G in crossover mode, blending the skittish rythms of the contemporary dance scene with mellower sounds from the world of Roots. And very capably, too. The album's showpiece is the 8 and a half minute "O-Mane", a rich ratatouille of dance grooves, jangly Irish folk, Miles Davis interludes, ethnic drum talk and the sound of falling water.

'fROOTS' Critics Choices of 2000, February. 2001
"With Midnight Fry you'd swear Tim Goulding (Doctor Strangely Strange) got off the train marked 'Beck' for such is its foxy mix of folk, blues and ambient hysteria set amidst cool vocals. 'John O'Regan'

Hey, remember Dr. Strangely Strange? That "oddly normal" bunch of progressive folksters from the late 60s who recorded a couple of albums, vanished off to remote parts (Tim himself became a painter) then (sort of) re-formed in recent years, with a well-received 1997 comeback album Alternative Medicine. Well, the good Doctor's vocalist/whistler/keyboardist here serves up a veritable feast of a solo album (the title aptly heralds a session musician's culinary delight). Assisted by an army of collaborators - including Jimmy Bergin, Mary Greene, Barnes Goulding, the remaining Strangelies, others too numerous to even hint at - and a multitude of samples from anywhichwhere, this is a really scintillating mix of all manner of folk and world influences that makes the tag "an Irish Peter Gabriel" seem merely a limp soundbite. Celtic folk meets trip hop, jazz, dance, ska, dub, lazy blues…. Heard it all before? Well you ain't. Maybe it's not pumping beats as fierce as Martyn Bennett, but there's the same cutting-edge thoughtful wildness about much of the music here, despite some particularly cool (and controlled) vocal work. The sense of place (in this case the remote Beara peninsula in West Cork) evoked by the distinctive aural atmosphere of the oft-remixed recording is quite tangible, particularly on cuts like Eagle Hill and Piece Of Cod (an unrecorded Strangelies song which yea, certainly passeth all understanding!), while Tim's deep respect for both traditional acoustic music and the digital revolution is well conveyed. Riding High may initially sound like Donovan covering Christy Moore, but its apparent simplicity is deceptive; the wistful Father's Song proves more direct in its simple and universal appeal. Tim's whistle playing adds something really special to the aforementioned Cod and brightens the otherwise relatively orthodox reggae groove of The Miracle, while the cheesy 80s pop-synth bounce of the "bonus track" Toast Your Own transmutes quite effortlessly into Bollywood klutz before slinking away. Full of incidental delights, this album blends thoughtful subtlety with invigorating and inventive spontaneity, and it's definitely one to grow into.

David Kidman

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