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Keith James - Always (Hurdy Gurdy)

Star rating: 
3

Noted as an interpreter of the songs of such artists as Nick Drake, John Martyn and Leonard Cohen, Keith James reveals himself here as a fine song maker in his own right. The ten mostly original songs demonstrate a poetic sensitivity, a tenderness in delivery and an attention to musical detail. From the John Martyn-inspired opener Waiting for a Miracle, the songs unfold, each written at different times and locations over a thirty-year time span, the earliest being As Love Begins, a song written for a BBC session back in 1986. Reminiscent in places of the work of Shawn Phillips, especially on the title song Always, the arrangements are imbued with an almost soothing tranquility throughout, concluding with one of Ralph McTell's most beautiful pastoral love songs, Girl from the Hiring Fair.

Allan Wilkinson  
Northern Sky

Show Number: 383  
Airplay Date: 05.07.15
Track Played: Imaginary Friends
Release Date: 07.07.15
More Info: www.keith-james.com