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Seasons greetings all year round!
on 16 May 2009
Magna Carta; a three piece folk band could argueably be described as the british equivalent to Simon and Garfunkel. Their vocals are a joy to behold and the songs on this album provide the perfect platform, making full use of the five octave range of Glen Stuart, plus the more than capable support from the others.
Instrumentally Chris Simpson and Lyell Tranter play acoustic and electric guitar respectively, supported on this album by a host of quality musicians including Rick Wakeman on keyboards.
The title track weighs in at over twenty two minutes, using a mixture of poetry and individual vignettes to transport an imaginary traveller through the four seasons of the year.
The rest of the album is reserved for the more standard three minutish material covering different styles of contemporary folk. These include the mighty 'Ring of stones' which became a staple element of their 'live' act, plus an absolutely beautiful tale of a forlorn 'Scarecrow' left on his own in a field, blubbers beware, while closing with my introduction to and favourite number by the band, 'Airport song' is so atmospheric it has to be heard to be believed.
I hope this review has been of some assistance, unfortunately my command of the English language is not in my opinion of a high enough standard to fully portray the beautiful sounds on offer.