‘Carry Me Along’ – Dave Richardson - engrossing narratives and rearranging of tradition(February 06, 2018)
Despite the initial strangeness of an opening song about a giant squid, this mix of contemporary folk Americana and original versions on traditional folk ballads, brought together in a new album from emerging artist, Dave Richardson is definitely one for your collection. The man certainly writes songs that combine the necessary elements to catch your ear - engrossing observational narratives, interesting rearranging of tradition and an appealing richness of voice - clear, crisp and engaging.
Richardson’s shows his original best with songs like ‘Waiting For The Sunrise’, the honest revelations of ‘Traveling So Far’, ‘Rise and Play (The Fox)’ and the laid back travelling song ‘Goodbye To Baltimore’, there’s also some notable arrangements for traditional songs like ‘Bachelor's Hall’ with variations in both American and Canadian traditions, the longing and loss of ‘The Unquiet Grave’ and his take on the multi-titled and many versioned ‘Polly’s Ghost’. There’s a freshness of approach here, built on a different look at songs from ‘the tradition’, together with his singular self-penned compositions - together they create a perfect fit.
Playing on ‘Carry Me Along’ are Dave Richardson (acoustic guitar, bass, Mountain Dulcimer, Glockenspiel) featuring on selected tracks Liv Baxter (fiddle, vocals) Ariel Bernstein (drums, piano, Hammond B3 organ, Wurlitzer) Jefferson Hamer (electric guitar, mandolin, vocals) Emily Mure (vocals) and Mali Obomsawin (bass, vocal).
Review: Tom Franks