Artist – Chris Sarjeant
Album – Heirlooms
From the moment you start listening, it is absolutely clear just how well crafted this collection of songs really is. It has the ability to bring a smile to your face or pause for thought. Chris’s singing style is beautifully suited to conjuring up the scenes. We sail jauntily down the ‘Coast of Barbery’, we dance with the lads and lasses in the fields of old Albion sowing their ‘Wanton Seed’ and feel the beautiful melancholy typified by ‘Lord Marlborough’. Yet it is never predictable or outdated as tracks like ‘Coal not Dole’ demonstrate. This is folk music at its finest, entertainments and stories skilfully told through modern and traditional music.
Throughout the album Chris weaves his complex lyrical finger-style guitar playing, linking the tracks and providing a wonderful accompaniment to his voice. Others seek to gently embellish and amplify using accordion, melodeon, concertina, viola, double bass, Nyckelharpa, strings and percussion. The musicianship is very fine indeed.
I saw Chris performing with The Will Pound Band – long may that partnership flourish – but, I also look forward to seeing Chris playing his music live. If you enjoy modern folk with textures of Chris Wood, Nick Drake and early Amazing Blondel then this is one for you. The album notes describe this as a collection of musical heirlooms Chris inherited from his family and elsewhere. For my part I will be playing this for many years to come.
(Note from Ken – Chris will be at the Square Tower on Friday 23rd May as part of the Will Pound Band. Don’t miss these top notch traditional musicians! See “Tickets and Bookings” page for details.)