'Almost All' from Bob Ebdon - eclecticism unchained, roaming free across a musical landscape(April 04, 2015)
'Almost All', the second album from recognised auto harpist Bob Ebdon, is an eclectic piece that spreads its reach across a gamut of performance from folk through rock to country, from poignant ballad to pointed humour. This really is eclecticism unchained, roaming free across a musical landscape utterly devoid of classification. Listen to the opening track, the rock-inspired wit of ‘My Music’ and you’re pretty much in tune with his position.
The scope of 'Almost All' not only reveals one man’s talent for writing memorable lyrics and infectious melodies, it also discloses in a frank and modest way, an ability to move seamlessly between recalled memories, tender narrative, tongue-in-cheek absurdity and a touch of tradition. There’s childhood recollections brought up to date with ‘Hiding Behind the Grey Sofa’, the whimsical gibe of ‘Country Song’, the gentle caring of ‘I loved a maid’ and harsh reality of simple truth in ‘Before I Broke Your Heart’ all combining to affirm an unerring touch for musical expression.
The excellent ‘Tom Otter’s Lane’ offers a fine example of ‘writing in the tradition’ little wonder it was runner up in ‘Write a Folk Song for Lincolnshire’, while his sensitive touch on autoharp delivers beautiful versions of Turlogh O’Carolan’s ‘Eleanor Plunkett’ and ‘Blind Mary’. The diversity continues with the spritely tune ‘Bus’ co-written with Grenville Horner and an impressive cover of Dougie McClean’s ‘Caledonia’, which Ebdon’s impassioned voice gives the essential dignity it deserves.
'Almost All' is one of those rare treats that offers so much to enjoy … and in his own inimitable style, ‘All The Best Songs’ serves to make a point we’ll all understand.
The place to find Bob Ebdon is here: www.facebook.com/AutoharpBob
Reviewer: Tim Carroll