A Yorkshireman who builds dry stone walls makes his first album and truly wonderful it is. Produced by Adrian Sherwood (known primarily for his work making dub records)who seems to have influenced the work in so far as there are elements of reggae and dub but not overtly so, its more a hint of rather than expicitly dubbed up folk. But its the folk element that shines through, with King being a bit of a dare devil by reworking a number of very traditional folk standards (eg 'Flash company'). He does so with elements of electronica, really pulsing but gentle rhythms, along with brass and strings all creating a heady mix of lush sounding and brilliantly competent musicality ne'r heard in the folk world before. It is in that sense quite a unique blend, that will have many a folkie choking on their ale!
But as a long standing lover of folk music I don't find it remotely offensive, au contraire, its refreshing and engaging,different and confident.
To quote Mr King himself ""I might not be from the traditional English school of folk but I sincerely believe that all traditional music shares a common ground. My objective is to create a sound with broad appeal beyond just folk".Apparently he spent many an hour at Cecil House (the repository of all uk folk wisdom and knowledge) researching appropriate numbers to cover for this album. His dedication has paid dividends, I recommend this as an album by a musician who is going to make waves.