“Originally from Belfast, brought up in Scotland and now residing in Dublin, this extensive life experience due to his frequent relocation has certainly helped Robin here in releasing this quite extraordinary debut album of traditional folk songs from around the British Isles as well as a few compositions of his own that certainly hit the spot.
With exuberant mandolin and guitar picking to start proceedings on Farewell to Tarwathie the voice of Robin by all means holds its own when surrounded by some instrumentals that you cannot stop your feet from tapping along to.
Perhaps the best track of the eleven has to be The Band of Moonlight Love. A pure instrumental song with the mandolin leading the way, it somehow keeps to the original beat of the rest of the album by including some most appealing picking by all involved that, once again, cannot stop the face from beaming a wide smile and the toes from tapping energetically.
Maverick Country Magazine
“'"Schooldays Over" is an almost ubiquitous part of the folk repertoire and what you do with it as a performer - if you move away from the Dubliners version at all - becomes almost a statement of intent. What you get here is a muscular, angular, almost grating rendition that sits very well with the song's theme of getting a sharp introduction to the un-cosseted world of the workplace, the thankless nature of adulthood. It's a song whose time is very likely coming round again...Hurt's so good!'”
““Come Away Home” has a beautiful balance between the 12-string, the vocal, and the harmonium. The ballad “The Bonny Light Horseman” is of uncertain age and origin but originally traced back to the 1600s, but Hurt’s version of the lyric is more up to date and he sings them in such an honest way that it brings tears to your eyes. The ballads on this record are the real gems; in particular the last two songs “The Band Of Shearers” and ”Bogey’s Bonnie Belle/Maggie Smith” are romantic, touching and wonderful.
“The Tallyman’s Lament” is worth listening even if you are not into traditional folksongs.'
— Limerick Event Guide