Rich Warren, of Sing Out Magazine had this to say of Cosy’s 2008 release Eros, Cosy Sheridan possesses an eccentric muse, or perhaps it possesses her. That’s all for the good as this muse leads her into explorations to which other writers are oblivious. Thus, Eros stems largely from Greek mythology, as Sheridan sings with the wisdom of Minerva. Eros is a complete dozen song cycle that explores the nature of contemporary women and their lives as reflected in the age-old mythology. Sheridan specifically cites the myth of Eros and Psyche as the foundation for the album. She introduces the album’s concept with the opening “The Story Of Longing,” which contains a line about “the gods holding out their hand to me.” Several of the songs stand alone without direct reference to the theme, but, taken in context, they fit like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. “The Beauty Cream” updates the Persephone myth in a mock Gospel style. The wonderfully tongue-in-cheek “Weekend Workshop” sends up and puts down some New Age rituals. It might take Dr. Freud to divine all the nuances contained in this fascinating album of well-written songs. “You Still Love Me Somewhere” could be mistaken for a Carter Family song, not derivative, simply in that timeless style. The album ends with some irony, with “Happiness is Waiting,” a song that uses laundry as metaphor. On this self-produced CD, Penny Nichols helped with the arrangements. Sheridan, who is a most adept guitarist, is accompanied by TR Ritchie, Kent Allyn, Nichols, David Surette and Eric Halter. This talented crew gives the songs bounce and substance. There’s some very tasty picking on many of the songs. Sheridan has practiced her trade for many years, and has touched on these themes before, but not in a coherent stream of new songs. I laud her for going to Hades and back for a CD that stands apart from the hydra of singer-songwriters. Sheridan sings with the knowingness in her performance of someone who has lived, and this makes the tale of Eros all the more provocative and relevant.
Some of Cosy’s videos that you may want to check out:
Well, that is just a taste of Cosy. We are sure you will love her show, we did when we saw her at Artichoke Music last year.
The suggested donation for this show is $15. To guarantee your seats, send us a check, made out to Dan Dover with Cosy Sheridan in the memo line. I will not cash the checks until the week of the show. We do prefer cash for at the door donations since I will need to give the money to Cosy after the show and will not have an opportunity to cash checks. You can mail checks to us at 7326 SE Woodward St., Portland, 97206
We sure hope you will join us for Cosy Sheridan on Saturday, April 19. The show will start at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7. Its going to be a great show. It will be better if you are here.
As usual, we will provide some snacks for free and will have beer and wine available. We suggest a $2 donation for wine and beer.
Hoping to see you at the show,
Cheryl and Dan