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Sometimes Why

by Sometymes Why

Folk noir vocal trio.
Genre: Folk: like Joni
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1. Middle
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2. I'm Tryin' to Remember What City I Know You From
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3. Hush Child
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4. Clover
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5. The Rearview Mirror
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6. Let Down
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7. Too Repressed - explicit
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8. Shell Game
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9. The Seasick Dawn
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10. Hallowell
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Album Notes
The band SOMETYMES WHY is a mesmerizing trio of modern-day sirens. Their vocal intesity, sparse arrangements, and passionate lyricism whirl into the the air and cut a cyclone's path through the heart.

Aoife, Ruth and Kristin have honed their recipe for true tenderness with utter disregard for conformity or convention. Their songs tell the secret tales of our own lives and beg us to believe in the power of revelation.


This record was recorded very simply on May 20th, 2005. We wrote most of the songs ourselves. We also designed and folded the nifty cardboard boxes that the CD comes in.

** KRISTIN ANDREASSEN ** voice, harmonica, guitar, glockenspiel, tambourine, cymbal. You may know Kristin from her other bands -- Uncle Earl, The Jolly Bankers & Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble.

** AOIFE O'DONOVAN ** voice, baritone ukulele, wurlitzer, piano, guitar, soprano ukulele, glockenspiel, cowbell. You may know Aoife from her other bands -- Crooked Still, The Wild Band of Snee & The Wayfaring Strangers.

** RUTH UNGAR ** voice, fiddle, soprano ukulele, guitar, baritone ukulele, glockenspiel, high hat. You may know Ruth from her other bands -- The Mammals, Mike Merenda & Ruth Ungar, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason's Family Band, and The Wayfaring Strangers.


Parental Advisory: Please note that Track Seven ("Too Repressed") contains Explicit Lyrics.

A Silver "family-friendly" Edition of this album is now also available at CD Baby.


Notes on the name: We used to be called Sometimes Why. There is a band in Toronto with that same name, so we changed the band name to Sometymes Why (which is also clever). The album title (both for the original black edition and the new silver edition) is still "Sometimes Why".


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These are beautiful, intriguing songs, best heard live, as I heard them in Dublin, performed by three stunning talented women, who belie the all-American apple pie image by trotting out the jaw-dropping Too Repressed. This last could be a major song for the group if they wanted it to be, based on shock value if nothing else, but Hush Baby and Shell Game are two complete originals and deserve full-scale production. Other songs are a bit derivative, Gillian Welch being an obvious influence, but all are worth a listen. Looking forward to a repeat concert in Ireland!


Best of a fantastic new wave of musicians
Sometimes Why (with or without the new spelling) is hands down my favorite CD of the year, and favored birthday gift for all. The group features some of the best of the new wave of young tradition-warpers, who give an old soul new hope for the traditions they enhance with such glee and art.

My wife calls them the "Whisper Girls" -- there's something muted, intimate without being overbearing -- about the overall conversational tone of the music. The instrumentation is extremely unusual -- again muted, low key, slightly "thunky". The quality of the recording is not the best, but who cares when the material is so spectacular.

The writing is absolutely first class, pretty much in all cases. I have my favorites, but yours will differ, and I'm willing to bet you **will** have favorites.

I recommend this album with only one qualification. It'll cost more than you think, as you'll feel obliged to pursue each individual member's previous and future work with infusions of cash.

Blaise Freeman

real real good
Both Instrumentals and Singing are excellent. You should really check them out.


Five stars ain't enough. One of the finest things in years!
First heard Aoife with Crooked Still. That led here, and man, I am just _blown away_ by this CD. This eclectic collection of tunes is a masterful example of songcraft. Full of lyrics dark and smoky, humourous, steaming, at times exhuberent and even innocent, they evoke the likes of Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen at their best - but there is nothing remotely derivative. The music is fresh and beautiful and sultry and each tune a masterpiece. Down-and-dirty acoustic blues, lonely fiddle and harp, celtic, traditional, folksy strumming, kick-ass motowny soul, each tune is laced together with three-part harmonies so natural and uncontrived you'd swear the girls made them up on the spot. The vocal performance and musicianship of these talented ladies exudes its understated virtuousity in every beat. The arrangements - the tambourines, wurlitzers, ukes, dusty guitars, wistful piano - are mixed to perfection. I just can't say enough good about this CD. They got is just right.

Well enough - turns out that girls consider bluegrass chops a major turn-on - who knew? Now I'll never stop practicing. Give this CD a whirl and you'll know I mean :)

World: LISTEN!


A very unique album. These women sing like angels...really sexy angels. I love the harmonies and the use of instruments such as ukelele wurlitzer and glockenspiel. If you are tired of mainstream music, give Sometymes Why a listen!

Eric Pence

Can't Say Enough!!
Came across this record through some of the other projects these women are involved in. Immeditately impressed!! And as I stated when asked by them if I liked the CD, we better see Somtymes Why at Wheatland 2009 :)

Al Raymond

I was BLOWN AWAY !!!
Big fan of The Mammals and listened to Sometymes Why out of curiosity, and I was BLOWN AWAY...Sorry 3/14 @ The Linda, Albany, NY was snowed out...Now I'm spreading the word about Sometymes Why.


******6 stars
A perfect recording.So much warmth,beauty and humor.Kristin's new album is amazing also.Grab these while you can!******6 stars


5 stars. Best of the year. BTW, 2 more performances upcoming
Magnificent. Right up there with Lucinda.

Ian Duncan

Beauty long on darkness. If there was something else you thought you needed, you'll forget what it was when you hear these girls sing their songs. Buy it, keep it in that special place, and see them live as often as they play.
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