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"That she's a newcomer to these ears is an indication only of the wealth of independent talent in this country that rarely gets mainstream exposure, more's the pity... [her] delightful accomplished original pieces, ranging in style from melodic Anglo-American balladry to bluesy rock, gutbucket saloon songs and country folk, reveal Crete as a powerful and engaging storyteller with an extraordinarily sweet voice and a mean harmonica".
- Greg Quill, Toronto Star

"A fine album... a full five star rating!"
- John Gavin, Atlantic Seabreeze, Canada

"Singer-songwriter Nonie Crete has constructed a masterpiece"
- Tom Knapp, Rambles, USA

"The ethereal side of Joni Mitchell [meets the] deep-rooted integrity of Jean Redpath...a singer with real gravitas".
- Dai Woosnam, Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews , UK

"Crete's voice and her singing style reminds me of Linda Ronstadt at her best. Somewhere in there can also be heard the influences of Judy Collins and perhaps Sandy Denny. What's important though, is that this is no new singer echoing her influences but an artist who has found her own unique voice."
- Bob Mackenzie, SoundBytes, Canada

"Nonie Crete is the real deal. A skilled songwriter and performer, Nonie fuses lyric and melody with honesty, insight and passion. She writes about things familiar and then makes each song a personal message from the heart. I know I'll be both pleased and entertained when I'm able to catch a set by Nonie and musical partner Eugene Rea."
- Steve Clarke, CHES, "Acoustic Planet"

"Nonie Crete writes songs that straddle the worlds of folk, blues and country, plays them with passion and conviction and sings them in a voice
alternately raw and tender. She's a true original."
- Beverly Kreller, Hotcha!, Speak-Music

"As the Host of the Guelph based Celtic radio show "Clan na Gael", I place a premium on a good voice. Nonie Crete not only has a wonderful voice but is also a great songwriter, an amazing harmonica player and a highly competent guitar player. Since she joined forces with Newry's Eugene Rea who is not only one of Canada's best Mandolin players but one of the top players in the world, they have taken their music to a different level. Listening to them play at the Miramichi Folk Song Festival, one of the other acts said to me they play like a larger group. They have to be my favourite duo from this area"
- John Fahy, CFRU




FULL ALBUM REVIEWS

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Coming Home
The Record, Kitchener-Waterloo

Nonie Crete hasn’t lived in Penetanguishene for many years, but her hometown is still close to her heart. So much so that the opening track on her eighth release, the aptly titled Coming Home, is called Home to Georgian Bay. She comes full circle with the album’s title track and closer, which pays homage to her birthplace once again. Read Full Review

Girl In A Crazy World
Dai Woosman Reviews, UK

Months ago I was seated at this same desk in my home here in Grimsby, England. And out of the blue came a surprisingly good CD called “Danny Boy & Ballads” by a Canadian singer/songwriter named Nonie Crete: someone who, at that point in proceedings, I had never even had on my radar. The album was a delight, and was amongst my top ten albums for 2002. Read Full Review

Moonlight Dreams
Tom Knapp, Rambles, U.S.A.

Singer-songwriter Nonie Crete has constructed a masterpiece with Moonlight Dreams.

I foolishly sent this one off for someone else to review. Through a chain of circumstances it returned to me and, rather than delay further by assigning it to someone else on the Rambles staff, I decided to handle it myself. Good fortune indeed! Read Full Review

Moonlight Dreams
Bob Mackenzie, Soundbytes, Canada

Moonlight Dreams provides a classy setting which allows this former diamond in the rough to shine.

There is a cohesiveness of sound and content to Moonlight Dreams that one rarely hears in releases by so-called singer/songwriters. The sound is full and rich, the music moving and well arranged, and the lyrics evocative stories drawn from the real world in which we live. The songs here are so consistent that without looking it is impossible to tell which lyrics were written by Crete and which by O'Neill. Read Full Review

Moonlight Dreams
The Les Reynolds Review

Ontario singer-songwriter Nonie Crete brings Ireland right to your doorstep with her newest release, "Moonlight Dreams."
Her sweet, rich voice, acoustic guitar and passionate harmonica give each tune a vivid, emotional texture complemented by the storytelling writing of Eugene O'Neill. Backed by a host of talented musicians, this CD sounds very good indeed. Read Full Review

Danny Boy & Ballads
Dai Woosnam Reviews, UK
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WHAT a voice! There is something of the ethereal side of Joni Mitchell- say, one-third? - added to two thirds of the deep-rooted integrity of Jean Redpath. Read Full Review

Danny Boy & Ballads
John Gavin, Atlantic Seabreeze, Canada

Nonie Crete with Eugene Rea and Neil Aitken together as a group called Curlew just released a first CD as Curlew, entitled Danny Boy & Ballads. The CD was recorded inEugene's Studio called Rea Studio in Guelph, Ontario.Read Full Review




PRESENTERS' COMMENTS

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Nonie Crete has played several times at our busy ocean front pub in Victoria. Her music was a hit - great for local patrons to many of our east coast transplants homesick for celtic favourites, solid gold ' blasts from the past " and ready, willing and able to be stirred by her many original songs.
People came back every night she played!
- Valerie Spohn, The Fin and Gill, Victoria BC

"Nonie embodies the true meaning of versatility. One moment she can soothe you with a sublime ballad, then raise the rafters with a rousing blues number - no matter the styling, it's sung with a voice that rings strong and true."
- Arnie Ivsins, Artistic Director, Barrie Folk Society

"Whether it's full-tilt harmonica blues or quiet guitar ballads, Nonie Crete's songs and performances are always 100% compelling. She can make you shout out or make you cry; her energy is contagious, her voice just right, and on top of that she's one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet."
- Jack Cole, Kitchener Folk Concert Series, Chequegnat Folk Festival, Old Chestnuts Song Circle

"Nonie crete weaves captivating melodies and songs spun from her past, family roots and places that have touched her. A brilliant songwriter with a voice to match. Nonie is one of my favorite songwriters, capturing such rare honesty in her songs and music, and a voice just as pure."
- Deb Dalziel, Fergus Scottish Festival

The 51st Miramichi Folksong Festival Inc. was delighted to have Nonie Crete & Eugene Rea as part of the roster. Their music was one of the highlights of the week's festivities. Nonie’s powerful voice and wonderful home grown lyrics were well received by all. Her voice is one that commands attention along with Eugene who is a master of many instruments.
- Susan Butler, Director, Miramichi Folksong Festival (one of North America’s longest Standing Folk Festivals)

"If hard work and dedication were to directly translate into CD sales, Nonie should be a top seller"
- Don Bird, Artist Director, Owen Sound Celtic Festival

"Nonie Crete delivered a stand out performance as the opener for Sylvia Tyson at the Aeolian Hall in London with a strong mixture of her original folk and blues. She touched everyone's heart with her song about her recovery from an aneurism, and her dedication to her 90 year old uncle (who was in the audience) who stayed by her bedside while she regained her health. Welcome back Nonie!"
- Ian Davies, Acoustic Muse Concerts

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