‘By The Night’ - Alden, Patterson and Dashwood - infectious hooks, memorable melodies, finely tuned harmonies(May 14, 2018)
Band names are interesting, strange and obscure things with their genesis coming from anywhere and everywhere. The latest name to come my way sounds like a firm of solicitors - Alden, Patterson and Dashwood – however, the minute one listen to this Norwich-based folk trio and their album ‘By The Night’ any fleeting confusion vanishes. The album is an appealing collection that includes original compositions mixed with rearranged traditional English and American folk songs. The engagement is generated by accomplished fiddle, dobro and guitar playing, well-written songs rich with infectious hooks, memorable melodies and finely tuned harmonies.
The self-penned 'The Time Song' opens and the female lead vocal instantly grabs your attention, and as the album develops so does your appreciation of the instrumentation and harmonies. Another original, 'By The Night', follows with its classic ‘travelling’ narrative, before 'The Cobbler's Daughter' – their moving song about the daughter of a couple frozen into an Alpine glacier. The band begins their representation of the American folk tradition with a version of 'Bonnie Blue Eyes', an a capella style 'Red Rocking Chair', before moving into the home-grown tradition with a rearranged 'Blow The Wind' and their take on 'Ten Thousand Miles'.
Alden Patterson and Dashwood are Christina Alden (vocals, guitar) Alex Patterson (fiddle, vocals) and Noel Dashwood (dobro, vocals).
Review: Charlie Elland