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4.0 out of 5 stars he's come a long way since Bagpuss, 21 Oct 2013
gille liath (US of K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Kind Providence (Audio CD)
I bought this because I loved Broken Hearted I'll Wander, but without Dolores Keane and the rest of the band it doesn't work quite so well. Thing is, Faulkner is not Irish - nor even, as far as I can make out, of Irish family or culture. That wouldn't matter so awful much if he hadn't picked up Ewan McColl's tic of singing different songs in different accents. Do Irish songs, yes; but do them as yourself, as Martin Carthy, Dick Gaughan or Nic Jones have done - not as some pantomime character.

Having surmounted my irritation at that, though, this is a decent album, which though apparently recorded in 1986 has the classic 70s folk sound. The bouzouki and hurdy-gurdy irresistibly suggest Andy Irvine's influence, but the singing is more like Jones. There are no credits for any other musicians, so if the decent fiddle playing is also Faulkner's then I'm suitably impressed.
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