‘10 Years Live’ from The Carrivick Sisters - reflects every nuance of their bluegrass Appalachian folk(January 05, 2017)
Live albums always run the risk of duplicating the live environment ‘warts and all’, which although doubtless ‘authentic’ frequently includes all the tedious background noise that human ears filter out of a live gig but notice with annoyance on a ‘live’ album. Not so here, ‘10 years Live’ from The Carrivick Sisters reflects every nuance of their blend of bluegrass Appalachian folk, taking in material written and recorded over the last 10 years, mixing original songs, instrumentals along with some wonderfully rearranged covers.
Recorded in front of an audience of friends and fans, Josh Clark has faithfully reproduced The Carrivick Sisters sound recorded live at The Convent, Stoud and also incorporated the warmth that always comes from their performances. All the expected songs are there plus one or two rearranged ‘favourites’, from a heartfelt rendition of ‘Suspicious Minds’ through ‘The Old Apple Tree’ and ‘The Moon’ to another superb cover with Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’. They also include their haunting song ‘The William and Emma’ and another beautifully delivered cover of James Taylor’s ‘Sweet Baby James’ replete with harmonies to die for.
‘10 Years Live’ is definitely an album to add to your ‘Carrivick collection’
The Carrivick Sisters are Charlotte (guitar, mandolin, clawhammer banjo, tenor guitar) and Laura (fiddle, dobro, guitar). ‘10 Years Live’ releases on 13th January 2017.
Review: Tim Carroll