Press & Reviews

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"One of the real talents in folk music today" --

"One moment Susan Hamlin's voice is warm and comforting, reminiscent of sitting around a roaring fire. The next moment it's as elusive and bright as watching a shooting star dance through the sky." --Monique Fretto, The Times Union, Albany, NY

"Hamlin's eclectic repertoire is a rich, rewarding journey through the found and forgotten treasures of folk, masterfully rendered in a voice full of longing and resolve." Mike Curtin, The Post Star

"A wonderful display of high energy at full tilt." --The Post Star

"Fiery guitar" -- Sing Out

"Stunning Performances" -- Paul Elisha, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

"Younger than the Sun" - CD Reviews

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"Songs and tunes [that] are fresh, clear, honest, and true to life -- Judith Gennett, Green Man Review

"With spoken Gaelic chants, pipes, and lots of percussion, Once In A Lifetime bursts forth as a world-pagan festival. -- Green Man Review

"Will make your musical speakers take flight." -- Kevin McCarty, Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews.

"A terrific, diverse, thoroughly listenable CD. Susan Hamlin always raises the bar high, and then clears it with ease. Susan exhibits quality and diversity in every tune here, whether the genre is Celtic or All-American. How many artists have the ability, let alone the courage to cover David Byrne ("Once in A Lifetime") and adapt it to the Celtic realm? I program my own radio show, and Susan is always in the rotation. " -- Arthur Gonick, WSPN-FM Radio, Saratoga Springs, NY

"Susan has crafted a lovely blend of American and Celtic songs with a style and grace all her own, embracing the old while presenting the new in an exciting way" -- Zan McLeod

"This is a great sophomore CD, and manages to be totally different from Hamlin's first CD, which was also great. The instrumentation is magnificent. Susan has surrounded herself with the best, and it shows! -- Gloria Jean

"Magic" - CD Reviews

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Magic is a sheer delight with Hamlin’s warm, multi-faceted vocals” -- Greg Haymes, The Times Union

"Exquisite guitar playing" -- The Record, Troy, NY

"Like the fabled Galway Shawl, Susan Hamlin's celtic charm colors a rich repertoire borrowed from many cultures." -- Paul Elisha, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio

"Every now and then you come across a simple pleasure that must be shared…. about one of the real talents in folk music today. The guest artist list, in addition to Susan's silken playing and singing, makes this one of my favorite CDs in a rather eclectic collection. Susan's voice is haunting and true and the playing precise, yet heartfelt. Susan considers herself an 'unreconstructed folkie.' You don't need to be one to fall in love with this music." --