The how and why…
Another CD review for Folking.com
Another of my reviews for folking.com: SERIOUS CHILD – Empty Nest (TCR Music TCRM75099) – it actually went up yesterday, but I’ve been catching up with work and domestic stuff.
Based around the songs of Alan Young, a late-developing singer-songwriter with a very nice voice, though some of the songs are at the pop-y end of the spectrum. He actually reminds me just a little vocally of Scott Walker at times. Supported by some fine musicians here.
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This does not get its name because I’m arrogant enough to believe that I’m the only person in the world capable of playing this as a guitar solo. (I can imagine John Renbourn choking on his ambrosia at this moment at the very thought.)
What actually happened is that I was watching ‘Quartet’ on the TV – a dangerous exercise, because it always makes me wish I had a more operatic voice (or even a bearable voice) – and when it finished, I needed a little more music, so I picked up a guitar. I liked the somewhat random thing I found myself playing so much that I wandered back into the office and switched on the recording gear, and was in the zone for at least five minutes.
It will require editing and further polishing (and possibly an overdub or two), but I think it has a lot of potential. I was playing my Baby Taylor in Nashville tuning.
Replacement version: a bit tighter, but it could still be (quite a lot) shorter.
This is an instrumental based on the tune I wrote for my setting of Housman’s ‘The Carpenter’s Son’. I’ve recorded it before, but this version is just a single guitar and is pitched way down from the other (uses a C-modal tuning). A work in progress.
And here’s a previously-recorded version that’s nearer to the way I do it live, except that this version has overdubbed bouzouki and dulcimer on the last section.
I don’t yet have an altogether satisfactory version with the vocal. I need to get back to that…
Review for folking.com of a very classy CD from Dónal Clancy: https://folking.com/donal-clancy-on-the-lonesome-plain-pro…/
A piece I was playing about with a few months ago on resonator guitar. This is actually played on the same guitar, but messing about with it to get a more 1950s steel guitar sound. Still needs work on the production, but I like the overall feel of this version.
Another review for folking.com, this time of a country CD by my former neighbour in Ludlow Gareth Owen (not to mention his alter ego Virg Clenthills): GARETH OWEN – Rolling By (own label).
Another of my reviews for folking.com: an amazing array of country(-ish) artists collaborating on an album of songs based on a collection of his writing edited by Paul Muldoon (Forever Words: The Unknown Poems).