‘The Silences In Between’ from Jon Palmer Acoustic Band - enthusiastic, energetic and outstanding

(April 21, 2017)

There’s not a lot that needs to be said about Jon Palmer Acoustic Band that hasn’t been said already – and all of it rather good. They have over the years consistently delivered enthusiastic, energetic and outstanding folk and roll music. And now they release their third studio album, ‘The Silences In The Silences In Between Jon PalmerBetween’ and in my humble opinion it’s by far their best work, eclipsing even the much-admired ‘Where The Mountains Meet The Sea’.

The title track is razor-sharp, ‘The Silence in Between’ with pointed observation through a quote from Mozart, which in this case is perfectly true, ‘I Don’t Know’ takes a different view of love, ‘Haul Away’ follows with a shanty turn and ‘Barleycorn Boy’ declares it’s not a folk song (although it certainly sounds like one) through its ironic lyric “... nobody dies and nobody drowns and no-one gets lost at the fair”. The album continues with ‘Hour Glass’ another outing for longing love with singer Rachel Goodwin, through a rockier slice of ‘Little Earthquakes’ all about finding that ‘someone’, then laying it down once more through ‘In Dreams’ before a harder cutting edge arrives through ‘There’s A Cold Wind Blowing (Over This Land)’ and tradition takes an outing with ‘Pay Me My Money Down’.

Should there be any justice, ‘The Silences In Between’, which releases 22nd April 2017, will be the album that raises Jon Palmer Acoustic Band from Yorkshire’s ‘best kept secret’ to wider recognition. 

The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band are: Jon Palmer (vocals, guitar) Nick Settle (guitar, vocals) Wendy Ross (violin, vocals) Roy Whyke (drums) Ricky Silvers (double bass, vocals) and Matt Nelson (mandolin, vocals).


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