Filed for years with many others in the well-kept secret category, Crowley's profile increased considerably after the release of his fourth record, 'Long Distance Swimmer', in 2007.

'Season of the Sparks' will win him another slew of new admirers, and shows that greater interest in his work has done wonders for his talents as a singer and a songwriter.

This is a more dynamic and colourful collection than its predecessor - while slowburn remains Crowley's MO, these songs connect quicker and the arrangements stand out from each other beautifully.

As a storyteller in thrall to nature, Crowley can have you hanging on every line and make you remember to appreciate all the small things which get lost in the noise of everyday life.

An album for all seasons.

Harry Guerin