no fixed abode

original and traditional folk music

Here we keep all comments we have had about songs from our album Clearwater.

From the first few notes of “What Did I Do” they had me. The song launches into a rolling rhythm that has enough hooks at the start to catch a Great White, followed by Una Walsh’s Angelic vocal that insists you listen on. I was instantly convinced that these folks were seasoned professionals and yes, a cut above. 

Tim Dowling aiiradio 

This album is very contemporary in feel with songs like 'Modern Life' and 'Absent Friends' beautifully reflecting the thoughts, joys and worries of 21st century life just as the classics reflected a time long past. One of my personal favourites is the wonderful 'Call Me'. On this track Walsh reminds me of the vocals of Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary. The diction, the delivery and the content combine into an almost perfect song Another highly evocative track here is 'Schooldays'  but the delivery is bang up to date, showing that you can recall the real past without having the words set to an old tune.

Nicky Rossiter Irish Music Magazine

Me, I think 'Clearwater' by No Fixed Abode is a polished and very professional piece of work. Superbly crafted and restfully entertaining it's a real pleasure to behold. I really hope No Fixed Abode can get their work out to a wide enough audience to be able to gain the recognition they so richly deserve.

Peter J Brown aka toxic pete

Their roots may be in folk (predominately modern), however as I listen I hear so many inspirations (The Waterboys, Bruce Springsteen, Fairport Convention and a host of others) that said, this really is a refreshing current sound, and I love it! On a personal note, this really is a band I would urge you to tell your friends about.


What really makes Clearwater stand out for me, though, are two tracks which could have easily been turned into twelve or fifteen minute jams—Absent Friends, an utterly beautiful ballad with an ethereal touch, thanks to background guitar effects  and School Days, which for some reason has me thinking Fairport's superb A Sailor's Life from their Unhalfbricking album, though I honestly have to say that I have not heard that for some years, many of my records being in storage. I do remember playing the Fairport track over and over, musical effects magnified by a darkened room and the nefarious herb, and the same feeling swept over me recently when I cranked up the NFA track full volume and sans herb. I have to be honest. As good as this album is, I've listened to those two tracks more than the others put together. It's a personal thing.

Frank Gutch Jr

During 2008 I will hear many CDs, either purchased or sent to me for an opinion. I doubt if I will hear a better CD than “Clearwater” It is an eleven track album that never waivers in quality. The listener will probably have a different “favourite song” after every listen, as whatever emotion your feeling at the time, there will be a song to relate to. The sheer quality shines through every track, as each song uplifts you or makes you stop, think and nod in approval or acknowledgement. This is an album which once listened to, demands to be played again and again and again….don’t miss it!

Brian keep music live

My personal favourite song is the wonderful 'Call Me'. In this song Walsh reminds me of the vocals of Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary. The diction, the delivery and the content combine into an almost perfect song of love and its effects on a single life that reflects the feelings of all.

Nicky Rossiter Irish Music Magazine

No Fixed Abode brings style, beautiful vocals and music that is so catchy….you just can’t help but listen.

The Celtic MP3’s Music Magazine

Mondo Blu Radio is proud to have no less than 9 of the tracks from No Fixed Abode’s album "Clearwater" on rotation and would happily recommend this CD to anyone looking for a fresh sound and basically a solid, fun CD!

Paul De Micheli Mondo Blu Radio Barcelona

With shades of Sarah McLaughlin and Kate Bush, Walsh’s voice is pure and unsullied by any commercialism or production restraints. Dean’s accomplished acoustic guitar work is a perfect companion and escort to Walsh’s at times wistful and soul-filled vocals creating an overall sound that drips like honey.

Kim Thore All Access Magazine









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