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‘We’ll See A Beautiful Day’ from KC Barber - the calibre of an accomplished songwriter

(March 16, 2015)

Singer-songwriter Kevin Barber, can be found plying his trade in various incarnations - Barber, Taylor & kc barber solo album 001Reed and Barber & Armer, and when working alone, as KC Barber. His latest solo offer is ‘We’ll See A Beautiful Day’, in which he serves up a mix of original compositions straight down his distinctive line of bluesy, American-edged, acoustic folk narratives plus he adds in a couple of classic covers for good measure. Laid back to the point of utterly tranquil, Barber writes with an unassuming style yet delivers lyrics that unerringly make their point. He possesses a lyrical style that covers simple themes but examines tales with depth and sensitivity that show the calibre of an accomplished songwriter.

From the inspirational ‘We’ll See A Beautiful Day’ through the satirical humour of ‘Big, Bad Betsy’ to the dark comedy of ‘Bob’s Hole’ there’s considerable evidence of his eclectic approach at work. There’s the powerful truth of the revealing ‘My Best Friend’ and the underlying understanding of ‘If You Were Me’, to those add fine renditions of Donovan’s middle-sixties release ‘Catch The Wind’ and ‘The Mary Ellen Carter’ by Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers and you realise the depth of this music. The simplicity of instrumentation coupled with Barber’s rich-toned vocals work on an immediate level, what you should do is keep returning and each time you do you’ll find more to discover.

‘We’ll See A Beautiful Day’ features Kevin Barber (vocal, guitar, mandolin, dobro, percussion, shaker, tambourine) Simon Walker (violin, Hammond organ) and Ron Turner (guitar). Website: www.barber-taylor.co.uk

Reviewer: Charlie Elland

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