WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT 'THIS SCARLET CHAMBER

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"Have you heard Angela Toohey 's new album? First, as a musician, I personally have lots of good things to share about Angela - someone I see continually working hard and refining her artistry, and whom actively shows support for other singer/songwriters - both in hosting weekly music events, and investing in the creative output of other artists. I believe this sentiment is continued musically by Angela, in giving an open and honest heart, to the writing and singing of her new song collection, which is fittingly called "This Scarlet Chamber". As the title suggests, I think you'll ❤ this album! With effortless vocals and harmony, Angela sings about some of the pains and vulnerabilities of life, love, and relationships with a sense of perspective, maturity, optimism, and at times humour! Acoustically diverse, Angela's songs range from infusing folk influences, guitars and country fiddles, and live festive vibes, to yodeling and gospel energy! Most of all, what I love about listening to 'This Scarlet Chamber' is its ability to instantly transport me back to a time when I felt free and happy - spending time with friends and fellow artists enjoying live music, food and drinks, and the simple pleasure of each other's company. In covid times, this is truly a gift to hold and remember Xx Brilliant work, Angela!"- AISLINN SHARP

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"This Scarlet Chamber is infused with a musical and personal maturity. Here’s a woman who’s more than paid her musical dues. And who’s learned life’s lessons sometimes with humour, sometimes painfully, but never with bitterness. A sense of optimism infuses the whole album. A grown up pop energy is overlaid with country fiddle and penny whistle folk influences. From the optimistic, open hearted, refrain of “just keep on kissing me like that” to the bay of pain in “Don’t You Let Me Go” that turns into a yodelling, gospel riff that becomes an affirmation. She may be “testing the water with two feet at a time”, but there’s no stopping this gal and her sense of self shines through the whole twelve tracks." -LINDA NEWTON 

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"I love all the tracks on this album, but if I have to choose favourites, they are “Like That” for its sense of joy and energy, “Silver” - just love it, “No Good” for its wild, infectious lift off into yodelling frenzy, “Crossed Lines” for the beauty of the voice and lyrics, and “Say You Will” – again because it’s beautiful and tender. But really, I love them all. The Celtic influences are fabulous, and the fiddle and the flutes and Irish whistle are just great. The band is really good – and you Ange, are fabulous. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your journey and your music!" LAURA GABRIEL

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"Its a cracker" -PAUL SEILS JNR

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"Loving it! This is what you were meant to do, never stop. It is delightful." JACQUI RAE 

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"This whole CD!!! so fantastic."-KAYE TUCKERMAN 

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"I am in awe of your material and vocals. When I start having dinner parties again, your album is the music I will have on. Track #2...Golden Guitar Winner!" -JAYNE AMBROSE 

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"It’s a joyous and uplifting album..... 

That tenor guitar really comes to life in your hands." -DAVE WORTHY of Worthy Guitars

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"Angela, you have mined your soul to create This Scarlet Chamber. Raw and beautiful, it pulls us into your heart to discover twelve songs that tell our collective stories." -JACQ

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"Stunning voice, music with a difference, love the Celtic undertones and songs that tell a story. Everyday music in the house now." -JUDE HUDSON 

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"It is so good to finally have a recording of 'Jacaranda Tree'! So haunting, beautiful and so Australian. I am also a big fan of Crossed Lines and Dark Eyes" -PAOLA

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"Your music is so truthful and so beautiful Ange, the world needs to hear it. -TRACEY TIGHE

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"Beautifully rendered. A vignette of journeys to dance the soul."-PHIL

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"This is the most listened to CD in my collection. The melodies, lyrics, mesmerising vocals or the brilliant production, it’s just a joy to listen to." -PETER van HERK

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“I listened to the whole album last night. Beautiful music and stories. Will definitely be spinning again. Congratulations Angela Toohey.” -NATHAN SEILER

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“I LOVE this woman! My beautiful sister friend Angela Toohey. I remember the first night I met this amazing woman when she was singing live at a gig in West End, Brisbane. I stood in the doorway, waiting for a friend and I literally had goosebumps listening to her words, her voice, her magic. I couldn't take my eyes off Ange, and had to hold myself back from crying tears of joy as I listened to her sing and play her guitar. Ange sings from the heart. Its like my soul could feel her words and that I had known her forever. My favourite song off this album is "If you'd only let me". After 20 years of marriage ended for me, I listened to this song which actually became my medicine to release the emotional pain I carried. I'm so grateful to you Ange. You are an amazing artist, performer, singer/songwriter, but most of all sister. Thank you for the music and your love always. Much love”

-GUNDYARRI GIRL WISDOM WALKER

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"This Scarlet Chamber, That is my heart, It just doesn't beat right, When we're apart." “This Scarlet Chamber, the new album by Angela Toohey is a breathtaking and heart-stopping musical expedition. The tender lyrics, accompanied by atmospheric finger-picking on several songs, are juxtaposed against the wild and rousing mood of songs that are more epic in scope. Angela is equally skilled at communicating with a stadium sized audience, as well as that of a more intimate venue. Through this album she traverses a vast emotional landscape and takes the listener on an magical journey. When she sings the lyrics of This Scarlet Chamber it feels like Angela is telling her story directly to the listener. This Scarlet Chamber is a collection of twelve songs that beautifully conjure life's struggles and triumphs. It grabs you from the first track and doesn't let you go.”-JACQ LOVE

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"Angela tells incredible stories through her lyrics and musicianship. Her talent lies in her ability to connect to the listener. Her songs are intimate, passionate and wild." -JACQ LOVE

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“If you need some incredible new music to listen to, please buy Angela Toohey's new CD This Scarlet Chamber. Damn it's good. Angela is simply incredible, and worth supporting. Check it out on her website - and buy it! Truly fantastic!”-KAYE TUCKERMAN

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 “Uplifting, heart breaking and glorious, Angela Toohey’s new collection of songs ‘This Scarlet Chamber’ reaches in and grabs you, I loved it.” -CAROLINE HAMMOND

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"Angela's music is straight from the heart. Original and evocative...it's a really beautiful album to have! You won't be disappointed" -DARREN YAP

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"There is a particular sagacious eloquence about Angela's work. This artist has a perspicacious mind and gives you something unique, you can only be the winner here. Can I narrow it down to the relaxing neofolk and mantra-like soft heartfelt themes that you don't find in many other artists? There really was something for every fussy part of my listening ear in this album, I tell you what I remember after listening, its honest music that is deceptively positive. At the end of the album I thought I would feel withdrawn, but it's actually nourishing and positive. Angie is in her element here, great soothing words with the acoustic ambience to match. Gospel like folk, really good balance of diversity in the songs. 
Listen to this and read the lyrics, you might find out that you're less alone then you realise. All credit to Angie, I hope she keeps making albums like this as its, I dare say, an honest work of art. Did I say soothing too? I also loved the howling." -ASHTWETH PALISE

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"Gorgeous work Angela. It walked with me on a chilly walk this morning and warmed the cockles of my heart" -IAN DEARDEN

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“I can’t stop listening to it.
What a musician, what a voice, what a human being! 
Thank you... a musical companion to walk with daily!”
-TYRAN PARKE

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"I listened the other day Angela and forgot to say what a masterpiece this album is-love the songwriting, vocals and arrangements-beautiful and powerful!"-PAULA HACKNEY

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“I am totally in love with your album. So beautiful. Writing, singing, playing, production…just brilliant. And that vocal on the title track!!! Well done. Would love to see you playing LIVE sometime. Seriously, again, this album is just delicious.” – MICHAEL WATERS

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"I haven't stopped listening since I got your CD in the mail. Lovely, lovely album. Thanks for the pleasure you've given me." LINDA NEWTON

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 "I think that the CD is an incredible achievement. And the more I listen to it, the more I think that. I’ve listened to it about three or four times now and get caught up in it every time. I’m currently listening to the last track and I’m thinking that each time I select a favourite song off the CD, one or two songs later it changes, so, at the moment ’Say You Will’ is my favourite. And every time I play the album through to the end it will probably be the same. There’s some really good musos supporting Angela’s great voice. Good production and a great selection of songs wandering through a number of styles. I know it’s hard to say something like this to someone who’s been in the business (although as far as I know not the singer/songwriter business, but certainly musical theatre) for so long, but I do hope she writes and sings more because I think she will grow."- JOHN STONE

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"LIKE A GREAT AUTHOR CAN TAKE YOU ON HER JOURNEY AND MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE IT'S YOUR JOURNEY THE SAME GOES FOR A GREAT MUSICIAN. I HAVE JUST BOUGHT THE BEST EVER RAW... REAL...AT TIMES RAUNCHY MUSIC.... WITH JUST THE RIGHT DASH OF SUGAR AND SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE ....IT ROCKS. IT'S THE BOMBANGELA TOOHEY DOES JUST THAT SHE TAKES YOU ON HER JOURNEY AND SKILLFULLY MAKES IT YOURS. ITS HARD TO PLACE HER IN ANY PARTICULAR GENRE.... WHICH FOR ME IS WHAT MAKES IT GREAT. SHE BRAVELY BREAKS THE MOULD BY MIXING IT UP SO ITS NEVER BORING. AND YOU'RE LEFT ANTICIPATING WHAT'S NEXT. WHEN I THINK OF ANGELA TOOHEY... I THINK LIZA MINELLI IN THE WAY SHE CAN SPONTANEOUSLY BELT OUT A BIG BLUEZY SOUND THEN LIKE SWEET WARM HONEY CAN SPONTANEOUSLY TRICKLE IT DOWN INTO A SOFT SENSITIVE SENSUAL SOUND.... HER GIFT FIRSTLY DEMANDS YOU LISTEN ....THEN SOFTLY MELTS YOUR HEART. NOW THAT'S SOMEONE WITH THE GIFT OF SONG... A TRUE MUSICIAN IN MY EYES AND TO MY EARS. I'M A BUDDHIST SO FEAR THE KARMA OF LYING. SO IT'S TRUE ANGELA.... YOUR VOICE AND TALENT IS AMAZING. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING A SHINING STAR IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES THROUGH YOUR AMAZING VOICE AND MUSIC I'M GOING TO BUY ONE FOR MY BEST FRIEND IN THE STATES. IT'S SO DIVERSE IN ITS STYLES AND SOUNDS THERE'LL BE SOMETHING HE WILL LOVE IF NOT ALL OF IT LIKE I DO"-   VICKI FREEMAN

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"I went away for a few days with some friends and took your disc with me. They both said your music was beautiful and put it on a few more times. I came back from a walk on the beach to a room filled with your voice. I can’t wait to play it to Karen when I get back to Edinburgh. I love the sublime clarity and power of your voice. Always have. Your songs move and inspire me. Thank you. And, such a terrific range of instruments - I really like the flute/whistle in ‘Silver’, the violin/strings in ‘The Show Left Town’, guitars in ‘No Good’ but most of all the drums in ‘Say You Will’. Love the gospel singing in 'Don't You Let Me Go' too, it's great! My fave song is ‘Like That’. For the words, the feeling, the resonant music; I find it going through my head a lot. I hope you have someone who is ‘all that’."- KATHERINE DENNEY

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Angela is an extraordinarily creative soul who creates amazing things from renovating a special bus, building a gypsy wagon from a box trailer, creating fine woodwork furniture to carving spoons with a simple tool from a piece of timber. Most extraordinary is her musical ability and song writing which is unique, soulful, honest and mesmerising.-KERRIE KENA

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