Sunday, March 15, 2015

New Music 2015 - Part 20 - Mad Dog McRea - Almost Home

At last I get to review a band from Plymouth.  I am going to see  Mad Dog McRea, trailing the latest album 'Almost Home', this coming week. More on that after the event.
It is released on d/l on 15 March and on CD 23 March 2013 in the UK.

It is perhaps appropriate to start with an introduction. Mad Dog Mcrea is a six-piece comprising the following artists:
Michael Mathieson  ---  guitar and lead vocals
Dan Crimp  ---  whistle and flute
Nicki Powell  ---  fiddle
Podmore  ---  bouzouki, banjo
Jimi Galvin  ---  bass
Pete Chart  ---  percussion

With much garnered from the ranks of the folk-punks that have come before, comparisons with the likes of The Pogues, the Levellers and others come all too easily but that they are indeed worthy of such comparisons does not necessarily follow.
The former is certainly no criticism and that they are worthy is certainly not the only thing to admire. What I like as much as the foregoing is that, with the flute and fiddle, one or two of the softer songs made me recall the very best of Jethro Tull.
I don't say that lightly. It may not be a fashionable comparison, to be fair, but it is a complement nevertheless.

Almost Home
  • Almost Home
  • Talking Through The Walls
  • I've Seen Things
  • You Can't Find Me
  • Cher
  • The Sound
  • The Devonside
  • Heart of Stone
  • Whiskey Man
  • The Juggler
That is the track list of the album.
Buy. Listen. Enjoy.

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