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JACK EVANS "Once Upon a Time in the North" Greentrax CDTRAX192

Jack Evans is a well established member of the folk scene, having worked with or in well known bands that include Jock Tamson's Bairns and The Easy Club. "Once Upon a Time in the North" is, I think, his first solo CD and it is very good.

According to the sleeve (is it still called that?!) Jack plays guitar, whistle, mandolin, stylophone, percussion, Swiss army knife and computer. All this talent is augmented on some tracks by the excellent fiddle-playing of Jenny Gardner and the cracking vocals of Mairi Campbell. The material ranges from Gus Cannon's "Walk Right In" - great fun, to the very bluesy "A 'Bhirlinn Bharrach" through the jazzy "Tarbolton" to the anything but, "Two Minutes of Pandemonium". Nice variety in all ten tracks which are well arranged and beautifully performed. Everyone will have their favourites I'm sure. But they are all good.

This is just over forty-six minutes of well produced and enjoyable music - I like this CD, very much. Recommended.

Danny Saunders

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This album was reviewed in Issue 39 of The Living Tradition magazine.