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Bram Taylor - Song Singer

Bram Taylor - Song Singer
Fellside FECD206

A welcome return to the studio for Leigh’s most well-known, solo, folk club artiste. If most of the songs sound familiar it is because they have been in and out of his live repertoire for years, but not recorded until now. Particularly welcome inclusions are Pete Morton’s heart wrenching political ballad The Two Brothers, and Hillcrest Mine, about Canada’s worst such disaster.  Although he’s best known for his intimate solo club gigs, accompanied by his distinctive finger style guitar accompaniment, the tracks that work best here are those where his backing is beefed up with a fuller backing – for example on Mike Harding’s King Cotton and on If You Can Walk You Can Dance (Bram’s stab at a ‘Salsa’ – believe me it works!). There’s a nice version of Across The Blue Mountains (a variant of the Lakes of Ponchartrain group of ballads) and a delicate rendering of Bridgit Donaghue included here also.

Nothing ground breaking, but for those familiar with Bram’s live work this will be another essential addition, and his new inclusion of Iain Anderson and Wendy Weatherby in the engine room expands the instrumental backing where needed – even though the absolute gem of this album is the a capella, See That Rainbow Shine - Jean Ritchie’s tour de force, handled with exquisite care by the assembled chorus.

Grem Devlin

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This album was reviewed in Issue 76 of The Living Tradition magazine.