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The Age "For singer guitarist Dave Long and singer-saxophonist-flautist  Trish, their inspirational music, a tidy blend of folk, rock and soul  is a celebration of hope, dreams and love.... the duo are now busy  performing the breezy,somewhat Doobie Brothers-ish Make My Day, the  deeply atmospheric Vision of Glory and sprightly Lets Try Peace at  various venues.... Sahara maintain an occasional New Age sense of awe  through the use of synth and wind instruments and a healthy litany of  enthusiastic calls and responses between the spirited singers" Rating: 3.5 Stars
        
       
Late Nite TV USA “Dave and Trish from Sahara originated from Dublin but now call  Australia home enlightening Aussies with a special brand of music taking  inspiration from both music within the Northern and the Southern  hemispheres. Sahara is what I call "organic music", with earthly aural  tones of honesty, beauty, driving a very Celtic feel within all tunes on  Vision. Dave has an almost eerie "Sting" feel to his vocals, whilst  Trish's singing is very akin to the very popular and respected Ellen  Foley. This is a great CD for an empowering efficacious effect with each  and every listen.” Reviewer: Melanie Score:3.5 Stars
        
        
The Border Mail "Sahara's album is a good example of music with meaning. Each song has  been carefully crafted to convey a message. From the uptempo beat of  "Make My Day" to the melody of "Save A Little Love", this album is one  worth adding to your collection."
        
        
The Advertiser Adelaide " Bright optimism jumps right out of this disc Make my Day and while the  heritage is Irish through and through, the vocal harmonies of Melbourne  vocalist - guitarist Dave Long and partner in life Trish do more than make you want to tear the tin off a Guinness. The Floyd -  esque Vision Of Glory is an emotive, haunting refrain from the jumping  main vein, which relies on a high vibe, even with uncool rock  instruments like flute and tin whistle (sorry, Trish)...The bounding,  punchy percussive element in Party Time shows the kind of groovin'  diversity..."
        
        
The Planet Newspaper "Originally from Ireland Sahara began producing Vision around five  years ago. The result is an album rich in a variety of musical genres,  ranging from soulful ballads like "I Found you", a love ballad that is  sure to be a favorite for swooning lovers, to jazz influenced tunes like  "We All Believe" and "Are You?" For disco fans, there is even a groovy  disco tune, "Partytime", that will take you back to the 70's dance  floor. Of course this CD would not be complete without an Irish Tune and  Sahara indulges our senses with "Tears", one of the highlights of the  album. It is a soft, murmuring instrumental that will take you to far  away Celtic lands. Overall the final result is certainly worth listening  to...."
        

The Crack "The  debut CD from this Dublin duo is an eclectic mix of styles and  sounds...to describe the musical style would be a task in itself but to  this musical ear it falls somewhere between funk and folksy jazz, if you  get my drift...the flute and sax playing of Trish adds an interesting  almost dimension to the sound and coupled with Dave's rock/pop vocal  range only adds to the charm of this debut CD... all in all a fine  debut".
        
        
The West Australian "These songs by Melbourne-based  duo Sahara would sound quite spectacular with the full treatment from  some of the world's biggest names. So Special has a spontaneous flow  that's suited to the Band. The storylines often lend themselves to  alternate voices which is Sahara's major strength. Whether it's Dave's  lead on the sensuous You're My Lover or Trish's breathy whisper on  Celtic Love Poem the atmospheres are subtly different. The lyrical  definition of the acoustic guitar, the recorder and the tin whistle  serve a fervently Irish flavour but the soulfulness is universal" (TR) Rating: 3.5 Stars
        
        
Leader Newspaper Group "An interesting mix of music...from songs brimming with energy and  passionate vocals to touching instrumentals such as the celtic "Tears, A  unique blend of rock, folk, jazz and classical make "Vision" a must for  Irish music lovers"
        
        
IndieMusicReview "First class production, and catchy melodies make Sahara's There is  this place I go a very pleasant listen. Singer/Songwriter Dave Long's  voice shines, reminding one of the Simple Mind's Jim Kerr. In fact, the  whole sound of the CD is rather similar to the 1980's sound of that  Scottish group. This is perhaps not just a coincidence, as Sahara's  members Dave and Trish Long, have been playing together since 1984; and  hailing from Dublin, they also have Celtic roots. The duo plays a  variety of instruments including human voice, flageolet, guitar, sax,  flute, recorder and electronic sequencing. Their music is very  melodious, and with the already mentioned super clean production, it has  a contemporary sort of easy listening sound. Somewhat different than  the Simple Minds, the album has 2 rather slower numbers, with more of a  folk music character. The lyrics have a metaphysical / devotional aspect  to them, with the particular motive of the songwriting on this album  being “the long road to healing”. Smooth, seamless and satisfying,  Sahara's music goes down real easy, like ice cream on a hot summer day" reviewed by Gary Levinson from IndieMusicReview.net Germany
        
        
hEARd Australia  "This is an exceptionally diverse collection of songs from Victorian  based duo Sahara, consisting of Irish natives Trish & Dave, who have  concocted a wildly varying array of tunes, running from the more  traditional soft rock to a near-folk style which has a surprising  effect. The pair have already garnered themselves some excellent work  behind them & the recording found on this CD was recorded live at  the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. There are a few moments when the  softer edged rock comes out, none more exceptional than the opener "No  Man's Land", which is a great track & well placed at the head of the  album, though I'm more partial to the band's more pop/jazz oriented  styles, such as "You're My Lover" & "Higher Than High", while my  real pick is the very unusual flavour of "Celtic Love Poem", as the  title suggests, a real folk/celtic sort of influence. I'd certainly be  checking this band out as soon as possible. They already have a pretty  decent profile as far as having one prior release & some serious  press & media engagements behind them. Well worth your while,  providing a number of diverse styles to whet your aural appetite."
        
        
Irish Bands Live UK  "Out of OZ come two exceptional musicians with a mixture of  contemporary /jazzy /Rock /folk / sound, which leaves you tingling with  anticipation of what the next track will bring. Trish plays alto and  soprano sax, recorder and tin whistle plus vocals. Dave plays guitar and  keyboard plus vocals. NO MANS LAND This has a sound between Rock &  Jazz with a good beat that wouldn't go amiss at a rock concert in Hyde  Park. SO SPECIAL A love ballad superbly performed, so put on the  headphones you won't want to be disturbed. Close your eyes, lay back,  and listen to the superb mellow sound of the Sax and when its finished  hit the button and play it all over again. These guys have really got  their act together Dave's rock vocals are tremendous with Trish's sexy  jazzy voice combines to give this album a superb vocal line which  pleases the ear and sooths the mind. This all adds to the exceptional  instrumental talents, which are shown throughout the album. The sax  playing is to die for and if this album doesn't get your feet tapping  you must be stone deaf or dead. Credit for this album should also go to  the sound engineer Mark Barry of B.S Sounds who has made a live album  sound like a studio production. Dave & Trish also wrote the lyrics  and music to this album so keep an eye out for future releases".

        
The Edge Bendigo "Sometimes  the best things come along when you least expect it. The spontaneous  live feel of the CD is an asset and the duo's range which skims jazz,  pop, ballads and Celtic ensures a wide listening variety. The depth of  sound is impressive, particularly when you realise it is the work of  just two people. Tracks include the jazzy Deja Vu, the Celtic ballad  Celtic Love Poem, and an ode to the Irish pair's adopted home city,  called Livin' in Melbourne."
        
        
Mark Williams 'New Traditions' The Bridge 102.5UK That’s ‘Live Every Day’ from ‘Sahara’ from their latest album ‘A New  Beginning’. Now regular listeners to ‘The Afternoon Show’ and also to  ‘New Traditions’ will know that we’re big fans of ‘Sahara’. A two piece  band, Trish and Dave Long, and they write all their own material and  this album ‘A New Beginning’ is their latest and I would say their  absolute best. They’ve relocated to Australia, and one of the things  that’s happened with their traditional sort of celtic tinge to their  music is they’ve taken on board some of the, I think some of the  Australian experience is seeping in to their music and I have to say  check this album out - it’s a stunner! It’s called ‘A New  Beginning’ and go and have a look at ‘Sahara’, check out their website,  google them, listen to them, because I think you’ll find especially,  musically they are absolutely stunning. They always have been. And their  voices sort of blend absolutely beautifully. But also, I think  lyrically, this is a step up and it really is something that we would  advise you to have a listen to because they just sort of suck you in and  it’s one of those albums that you can revisit time and time again.  We’re gonna play a track off the album called ‘Sweetest Things’, and one  of the reasons for that is cause it’s a personal favourite of mine -  this is ‘Sahara’.” “Cracking stuff that’s ‘Sahara’ and ‘Sweetest  Things’, as I say off their new album ‘A New Beginning’ and check out  the album, google them, find out about them, and I think your gonna  enjoy them. You’ll hear them more and more on ‘New Traditions’- we like them a lot.” (transcribed from radio broadcast)
        
       
Jason Hohl of 67 Music USA  Sahara brings A New Beginning to the world “A New Beginning” is the  latest release by Dave and Trish Long, a duo originally from Ireland who  now reside in Australia. The album is a genre-bending amalgam of  styles, borrowing from jazz, pop, folk, and Celtic. They describe it on  their website as “a marriage of sounds and influences between the  Northern and Southern hemispheres, ‘the mist meeting the haze’”. The  lyrics are positively uplifting and seemingly personal, not unexpected  for a duo that have been together for a few decades.The album begins  with the über-catchy “Right the Wrongs” (This reviewer’s children  were singing the chorus for hours after hearing the song once). The  title track perfectly embodies the positive vibe that the album puts  out. “The Promise” is a beautiful instrumental played on whistle (or  recorder) that could easily fit into a movie soundtrack during the scene  when the protagonist arises victorious against all odds. “Renovating My  Igloo” adds an interesting electronic/new age twist along with a  delightful key change between verses. “Rainy Day at Shady Creek” sounds  like a Celtic song that was dropped into a Spaghetti Western (talk about  genre-bending)!The album was completely written, played and  recorded by Dave and Trish and it’s done very well. The musicianship is  top notch and their voices mesh together well. The instruments on the  album include guitar, sax, whistle, flageolet, recorder and keyboards.  This may not be the album for those who like their Irish/Celtic music  more traditional. But for those who enjoy their Celtic music wrapped up  in a perky, jazzy package, “A New Beginning” will do the trick.
        
        
The Celtic Music Fan "Fans  of Bruce Hornsby, Van Morrison and Marc Cohn will certainly welcome  Sahara’s A New Beginning with open arms. The duo of Trish and Dave long  incorporate a broader spectrum of musical styles. There are hints of  smooth jazz, pop rock and Celtic. In terms of instrumental delivery, I’d  say hands down to both of them. Their years performing on stage and  recording the way they want their albums to sound, ripened and made  their music intoxicating like fine wine. It is the confidence brought  about by the test of time, elements and LIFE that we all go through.  There are certainly events that shake us rendering us incapable of  moving. But it is the call of artistic desire that always brings us into  a sense of purpose. This optimistic thought is present all over the  album’s 10 tracks. Sweetness, pain, laughter: these are emotions that  surround A New Beginning. There are other atmospheric surprises like The  Promise which possesses a definitive Celtic sound. The vocal layering  and melody lean into Clannad and Loreena McKennitt. Other titles like  Right the Wrongs and A New Beginning are songs that anyone who has gone  through tough times can relate to. The Sweetest Thing, track four,  delivers the “get into the Irish pub” kind of sentiment. It has that  relaxed atmosphere of being with someone you loved through the years. It  says that you don’t have to hide anything because you can be who you  are with the right person. Let’s Unite affirms the belief that we can  all get through our differences if we realize our similarities. I  reflected on this and also remember all the natural disasters like  earthquakes, famine, disease and poverty. We aren’t invincible. So why  should we fight each other when nature is already fighting us and  diminishing our numbers? Must we also contribute to the pain? The song  has that Irish marching beat. It Could be True is an example of someone  continuing to “court” a beloved through the years in the relationship. I  think it is telling us that winning someone’s heart doesn’t stop after  marriage. It continues and there is never a morning when you wake up  with a sense of wonderment and challenge to continue loving against all  odds. The nice sound of the recorder glides throughout like a  nightingale. Renovating my Igloo is groovy. Fans of Talking Heads can  relate to the 80’s New Wave style. Another tribute to being with someone  through thick and thin and also the idea that nothing is constant but  change. But love the a unifying and constant force. Is it only Me has a  rocking feel. Both vocal and instrumental arrangement set the example of  musical excellence. Rainy Day At Shady Creek explores the world of Jazz  and Bluegrass. It sounds like traditional Irish music gone crazy. I  love it though. Such a nice ending for this album that needs repeated listens".
        
        
Stuarte Amazon UK “A  worthy addition to almost any collection, Warm, rich, easy to listen to  with shades of jazz, blues, soul, gospel, rock all there. I heard the  title track and just clicked with it and wasn't disappointed with the  rest of the album. Great voices and harmonies, fabulous sax. What's not  to like?”
        
       
67 Music “Coming to us from Dublin (by way of Australia) are Husband and Wife  Duo Dave and Trish Long aka “Sahara”, with their fourth release entitled  “There is This Place I Go”. Consisting of all-original  compositions, “Place” is a collection of ten songs that possess a  hauntingly ethereal, yet melodic and contemporary ambiance. Easy  listening overall, yet pop enough to appeal to a wide audience, the  instrumentation from Trish's sax, flute, recorder and synths blend  seamlessly with Dave's vocals, guitars and subtle drum tracks and have  elements of folk, pop, rock and some Celtic flavor all blended together,  offering very smooth songwriting and polished production values. Take a  listen and buy their music at their official website” Review by  SláinteSteve for 67 Music USA


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