‘Call Me Home’ from Alden, Patterson and Dashwood - softly delicious, crystal clear harmonies(October 10, 2016)
I’m writing this in the City of Colorado Springs, USA, nestled at the base of Pikes Peak and listening to ‘Call Me Home’ the debut album from Alden, Patterson and Dashwood. Nope, these guys are not from this land, they hail from Norfolk in England, my adopted home. And I’m here to tell you that if I heard their intensely soulful acoustic folk pouring out of a radio station this side of the pond I wouldn’t be at all surprised.
The days of American acoustic folk being the province of musicians native to this country are long gone, there are outstanding Brits that consistently turn out superb American music, only these three also carry the traditions of the land of their birth to create a blend that’s wonderfully attractive.
The title track attracts immediately, from there the magnetism continues through ‘Sweet and Low’, ‘By The Sea’, ’Water Song and ‘The Moon Song’.’ Throughout ‘Call Me Home’, Alden, Patterson and Dashwood certainly demonstrate their musical skills, with an intricate touch on their instruments and a decided skill for composing. And if not the musical dexterity then it will be the softly delicious, crystal clear harmonies that will entrance your ear – and I want to hear more.
Alden, Patterson and Dashwood are Christina Alden (vocals, guitar) Alex Patterson (violin, mandolin) and Noel Dashwood (Dobro, vocals).
Review: Tom Franks