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“There are many moments of serenity and calmness to be found on When The Dragon Comes Down, and at a time when SHEL is really gaining steam on the national level, this EP is a strong reminder of the musical chops these four sisters carry, both individually and as a unit. Recognizing talent trumps any preference towards musical style, and one must acknowledge and give credit when it’s deserved.”
“Paging Alexandra Patsavas: Have you met Shel (due at the Bluebird tonight with Elephant Revival) yet? If not, you should definitely make their acquaintance. The music these lovely ladies make genuinely sounds like it was painstakingly crafted in a lab specifically to be played in an episode of Grey's Anatomy. It wasn't, of course, and there's way more to this band than that, but by god, you'd be excused for thinking as much. Seriously. Just listen to "Ruby Slippers." One listen and I think you'll fall in love.”
“Classically trained instrumentalists, SHEL offers a unique blend of folk, classical, Celtic, and a bit of jazz - all with subtle 'indie' influence, but with none of the self-obsession of the indie scene. With Sarah on violin and vocals, Hannah on piano, keyboards, and vocals, Eva on mandolin, cello, and lead vocals, and Liza on drums, percussion, and djembe, SHEL produces a sound that's sophisticated yet earthy – a sound that will appeal to fans of Bruce Cockburn, for instance. The music is melodic and complex, but not so complex as to distract from the overall spell of these intriguing songs. The soundscape is rich and warm and allows a good aural access to treats like the occasional doubling of cello or bass with guitar lines. For those familiar with the 'chamber pop' of the Annie Moses Band, imagine a more intimate sound – more shadows, less light.”
"My wife and I had the pleasure of hosting SHEL for a house concert as part of our ongoing College Hill House Concert Series and I can tell you it was an unmitigated joy! The ladies are as sweet and generous as they are musically talented. Get this band while you can still afford them because they are going to be huge!"
"I discovered SHEL at the Folk Alliance Conference and after listening to one song was convinced this group of talented sisters was a perfect match for Blissfest and my emerging artist pick for 2011. I was not disappointed. They performed the Blissfest with poise, charm and a creative touch that sends chills up your spine. SHEL's synergy is infectious and the future of music is in good hands."
"Early Saturday morning, four young Fort Collins sisters tromped onstage. Fiddle? Mandolin? Definitely an Irish band. Then their clear voices launched into Led Zeppelin’s “Battle of Evermore” with the ferocity of a medieval army. The classically trained SHEL was this year’s emerging artist. The sisters cried during a standing ovation."
“SHEL - Our New Favorite Band What in the hell are they putting in the water up in Fort Collins? Seriously? Seems like every ten minutes or so our neighbors to the north are churning out another batch of noteworthy artists. Meet Shel, the latest FoCo outfit to cast us under its spell.”