‘Night Hours’ - Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith - masterful story-telling and musicianship(December 09, 2016)
It seems a long time since their debut album, ‘Let The Wind Blow High Or Low’ introduced their music and voices to the wider folk world. With that album Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith reflected the endurance of tradition coupled with the spur of innovation, their follow up ‘Night Hours’ takes their reverence for heritage coupled with a boldness to invent and connects it to their undoubted gift for narrative song. That union gives ‘Night Hours’ a commanding human edge, for whenever in time these songs originate, long ago or directly from Aldridge and Goldsmith, there’s a link to lives lived by people, the struggles they face and their common stand against adversity.
The essence of this album moves through examinations of striving, perseverance, compassion, deliverance and resilience. The understanding and synergy between the artists, their voices and their music is self-evident. The solitude of ‘Night Hours’ touches from the first, as does their take on ‘Bonny Bunch Of Roses’, the despair within ‘The Ballad of Yorkley Court’ is relieved by the spirit and shared strength of ‘Mary And The Soldier’. From the sense of despair in ‘Moved On’ to the loss and sorrow of ‘The Grazier Tribe’, Aldridge and Goldsmith prove their ability to reflect social inequality through a precise focus on the plight of individual people.
‘Night Hours’ amounts to a masterful expression of story-telling and musicianship.
Jimmy Aldridge (vocals, banjo, fiddle) and Sid Goldsmith (vocals, guitar, double bass, concertina) are joined by James Gavin (fiddle) Tommie Black-Roff (accordion) and Dominic Henderson (Uilleann pipes, whistles).
Review: Tim Carroll