‘Some Distant Shore’ Bill Booth - Americana folk rock, observational poetry and Celtic-influenced narrative(June 29, 2017)
The musical menu created by Bill Booth has been on my radar for many years. And in all that time his mix of Americana folk rock, observational poetry and Celtic-influenced narrative has never wavered in its all absorbing attraction. The latest incarnation of expression comes with a new album ‘Some Distant Shore’ due for UK release on July 31, 2017. Returning towards the influences of New England’s folk roots ‘Some Distant Shore’ pulls together inspirations from its mixture of Irish, English and Scottish immigration, to create an album inspired musically and lyrically by those powerful enduring roots.
The songs tell tales and record experiences they take the listener to places that Booth knows so well. That knowledge is shared through the ten tracks on this album, each one a small tribute to the inspiration that became their genesis. From the tribute to those men that left their native land with ‘Wild Geese’ through the deep-seated longing for another world in ‘Cliffs of Dover’ to the lonely call of the working man in ‘Down I Climb’, this is raw, revealing music; you will find reflective honesty in ‘Molly McKeen’, accusations and sorrow in ‘City of Rubble’ and stark reality in ‘Raising Cane’.
‘Some Distant Shore’ features Bill Booth (vocals, guitar, mandolin, fiddle) Alexander Pettersen, (drums, percussion) Bill Troiani (bass, backing vocal) Paul Mckernan (uillean pipes, flute) Egoan Olsen (backing vocal) Paul Kirby (banjo, backing vocals) and Eddy ‘Knerten’ Lyshaug (accordion).
Review: Tom Franks