As bassist of the English folkrocker Oysterband he made history. He said goodbye to her in 2012. But already with his artistically valuable solo debut "Tales Of Love, War & Death By Hanging" (2010) he gave an impressive visiting card of his understanding of modern folk songwriting. Also on "Palace Of Tears" he succeeds again in achieving a maximum of expressiveness with a few instruments. Also excellent is the songwriting, which takes up the venerable tradition of combining historical zeal with emotional human fates. The piano and cello drunk "A Line In The Sand" takes on George W. Bush's Iraq Oil War. The upbeat "Mountainside" is a wonderful ode to the loneliness of hermits. The orchestral title piece also tells of German history: the GDR period before reunification. "Sleeping Giants" is all Scots folk and "Destroying Angels" is about a female spirit that makes Sweden's forests unsafe. Exciting stories, performed in flawless, concertante folk.
Top Track: Palace Of Tears