‘The Fool’s Journey’ - Skinner and T’witch - influences range far and wide as do the styles

(April 11, 2017)

Decide to entitle an album ‘The Fool’s Journey’, then choose a release date of 1st April ... seems entirely appropriate to me. There however, the foolishness ends. The second album from Skinner and T’witch (aka Steve Skinner and Sandra Twitchett) is a seriously powerful piece of work. The influences range far and wide as do the styles ... English folk, flamenco, laments, sea shanties, and The Fools Journey Skinner and Twitchnarrative styles ancient and contemporary ... all carefully interlaced and strikingly presented.

There’s a message of reflection running through this album coupled with a fondness for restoring some of the ‘old ways’, bringing past times back to life and finding ways back to some of the paths we’ve lost. There’s also a sense of celebration for relearning what was once commonplace and for understanding what really matters ... history, folklore, time, place and tradition. The title track ‘The Fool’s Journey’ visits a world we could well do with re-inventing, before the pastoral idyll of ‘England’s Spring’ reveals the magic of waking nature. Presented through a personal view, ‘Nelson’s Brew’ tells a familiar naval tale and comes with complete with cries of battle and blazing cannons, maintaining a nautical theme, ‘The Armada Shipwreck’ relates the plight of survivors shattered by Drake’s tactics and England’s weather.

As contemporary as it comes, ‘Snow White’ offers a jaded and acerbic view of cartoon and fairy-tale characters living in the real and all too harsh world, and the piercing observations of ‘Halloween’ hark back once more to the old ways of celebration, rather than the USA import, while ‘The Winter Song’ with faintly ominous chanting, hails the call of Spring. And to bring in a little psychedelia for all the old hippies, ‘Crazy Dreams’ reflects once more on days gone by.


Review: Tim Carroll

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