There are small, fanfare-less albums that deserve to be guiding lights for the aspiring and the jaded as to how these things should be done. McGloughlin's debut is one of them, and hopefully he will have a very good 2010 with these songs.

With a beautiful, hushed delivery, great guitar playing and a spookiness around the edges of some tracks that just adds to their allure, the Sligo man is a reminder that sometimes the most intriguing of talents are on your own doorstep - if you can spare the time to look and listen.

Those who get as much joy discovering someone new as they do from the work of an old favourite will have a 'Ready Brek'-style glow in no time.

Harry Guerin