"Every now and then an act jumps out at you and knocks you back. You're in for a treat." - Mike Harding
December 2016 sees the highly anticipated second release from Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith. Over the last three years the duo have built a reputation on the UK folk scene for arresting and moving performances. There is an integrity that shines through their performances, where a sense of justice and morality underlie every song.
Their new studio album 'Night Hours' is a powerful collection of songs that brings a new relevance to the traditional music of the British Isles and showcases some poignant compositions. The album links the hardship of working people throughout history with the struggles of marginalised communities today but it achieves it with a lightness and musicality that makes the album a joy to listen to.
Through the course of the album the listener really gains a sense of two artists who not only have a passion for the music but also its ability to reflect on the world as they see it. The title track 'Night Hours', for example, explores the loneliness of night work in our cities and 'The Ballad of Yorkley Court' shines a light on a community finding themselves on the wrong side of power in the Forest of Dean. Even the traditional material that the duo have chosen seems to have a new relevance to the modern world. For example the 'Bonny Bunch of Roses', warning against the dangers of chasing the spoils of war, feels hugely poignant given the current instability in the world.
They are joined on the album by James Gavin, Tommie Black-Roff and Dominic Henderson who play together as TEYR. These sparkling touches of fiddle, accordion, pipes and whistles give the album a driving energy.
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“"Exhilaratingly diverse and full of impeccably crafted and beautifully realised songs"”Folk Radio UK
“"Rousing stuff"”The Observer
“"Their second album deserves to propel them substantially further into public consciousness" ”fRoots
“"Powerful storytelling folk"”The Guardian
“"An album which has been put together with care to reflect the poignant, the insightful and occasionally the profound."”Louder Than War
“'There is much to enjoy in this album, the singing is strong their musicianship has developed '”Living Tradition Magazine
“" original material like Moved On showcases their skills as musicians"”Rock Society Magazine
“"Night Hours delivers a brilliant, totally consistent close-on-an-hour's worth of exceptional interpretation and musicianship. one of the top must-see acts around at the moment."”David Kidman, FATEA
“"These young musicians are making a strong contribution to the integration of traditional song with important social issues"”Stirrings Magazine
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