‘The Promise Of Strangers’ - The Fugitives - seamless mixing of reality with imagination(April 09, 2018)
An album comprised of songs dedicated to individuals real and imaginary is unusual. The concept of ‘The Promise Of Strangers’ takes The Fugitives (aka songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan Mcleod) into assorted territory to create an album that explores loss and love, hope and deliverance, heartbreak and family ties - a seamless mixing of reality with imagination. With a collection of inventive and creative compositions, to take the listener on an incredible journey.
They open the album with the lyrically powerful ‘No Words’ dedicated to Leonard Cohen, and written the day after he passed. No less moving is ‘See This Winter Out’ a reflective song written for a friend facing cancer treatment, then with ‘Goodnight Everybody’ they extend their thoughts to engaging with their audiences. The deeply personal and honest feelings of ‘My Mother Sang’ contemplate the dedication of their mothers, equally ‘London In The Sixties’ looks at emigration and ‘leaving it all behind’. And for songs that hit home and leave a mark behind there are ‘Orlando’ remembering the 2026 nightclub massacre and ‘Lights Out’ telling the story of Adam Capay’s unbearable solitary confinement in Thunder Bay prison.
Described as a folk collective The Fugitives are Adrian Glynn (vocals, guitars, piano, bass, mandolin, synths, percussion, organ) and Brendan McLeod (vocals, guitars) with appearances on selected tracks from Steve Chambers (banjo, bass, vocals) John Raham (drums, percussion) James Scholl (bass) Ali Romanow (violin, vocals) Ben Elliot (organ) Cory Sweet (tenor and baritone sax) Vince Mai (trumpet) Carly Frey (violin) Marcus Abramzik (bass) Leon Power (drums) plus Awesome Strangers Gospel Choir and Awesome Friends Gang Vocalists.
Review: Terry Barlow