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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for the folk singer-songwriter features contributions from her sons Calum and Neill MacColl and daughter-in-law Kate St John.
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  1. Uncut
    Apr 12, 2021
    90
    First Farewell is wistful as well as smart and engaged. [May 2021, p.32]
  2. Apr 12, 2021
    80
    Her spry, lively vocals and her writing burrow into many territories: digital communication, environmental collapse, feminism, love and time, the latter nestling closest to the folksongs for which she became known.
  3. Mojo
    Apr 12, 2021
    80
    This is affectingly intimate. [May 2021, p.83]
  4. 70
    Not everything on Final Farewell hits the mark – notably the partly spoken word We Are Here, a commentary on the impact of social media, which feels both glib and uncharacteristically unsubtle – and at just 31 minutes, it certainly doesn’t overstay its welcome. Overall though, this is a rich, warm, sometimes quite moving record which proves Peggy Seeger’s (and Dylan Thomas’s) point that old age does not have to mean going gently into that good night.