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Melodic retreat to the backwoods,
This review is from: Lake Song from Red Waters: The Best of Gay & Terry Woods (Audio CD)
This is a compilation taken from the three Gay and Terry Woods albums (Backwoods; The Time Is Right; Renowned) they recorded after disbanding the Woods Band (see my review of their 1970s album).
Each of these albums has got plenty of Gay and Terry's plaintive melodies set alongside a bit of rock oomph courtesy of Fairport's Mattacks and Pegg and other sessioneers.
Another dozen tracks from the albums didn't make the compilations. I was pleasantly surprised to see recently that the vinyls are priced at around forty quid each so it's only me and the dozen other people who bought the original albums that will be able to hear these omitted tracks. They are well worth picking up as the songs that haven't made this compilation are just as good as those that have.
Lots of vocals from Gay - I defy anyone who hears her not to be entranced by her singing. I love Terry's voice too. The usual instrumental dexterity from both - mandolas, concertinas, autoharps. Almost all the tracks are Woods' compositions showing that they were determined to develop their songwriting side in contrast to the Woods Band album which had an even divide between their own tunes and the traditional. The trad Dunlavin Green is though a fantastic traditional republican lament sung by Terry.
Right that's me finished with the Terry Woods reviews up until the time he joined the Pogues. I don't know Gay or Terry - although I did share a lift with them after a gig they played on the same bill as Andy Roberts at the Paragon Hotel in Hull when I was a student there in the late 70s. They played for 40 minutes to a cold, polite audience and then Terry turned to Gay and said: 'I've had enough of this'- but I've always had a soft spot for their music since I was introduced to the first Sweeneys Men album as a spotty twelve year old. You can tell with them they're doing this because they love the music and folk like that never seem to get the reward they deserve.