‘Wing of Evening’ The Dovetail Trio - folk music grown from deep roots(June 22, 2015)
The continued journeying through traditional folk and preservation of our folk heritage has long-continued in the safe hands of artists, who although relishing the legacies, remain unafraid to delve, cultivate and augment as they progress the folk-road. The latest to set foot on that route is The Dovetail Trio – purveyors of engaging folk narratives given a distinctive edge they make their own. The combination of richly rounded accented vocals, skin-tight harmonies and sparse yet polished instrumentation makes their debut album ‘Wing Of Evening’ a real treat for fans of ‘folk as she is sung’.
The album offers an integration of influences from England, Scotland, America and a shimmering French/ Canadian set that engage from first to last. The trio’s name is aptly chosen - Rosie Hood evocative vocals, connect seamlessly with the voices and instruments of Jamie Roberts and Matt Quinn. The simple combination of guitar and concertina form a perfect base on which the voices tell their tales, however it’s a simplicity that belies the intricacies need to weave the tunes that gives this album its musical attraction and involvement.
‘Wing of Evening’ is a faultless collection of folk – from their interpretations of ‘Greenland’ to ‘Rambling Comber’ and ‘The Lady and The Soldier’ to ‘Frozen Girl’. Each will find their own preference, mine include the beautiful ‘Rose of York’, a superb rendition of ‘Oak Tree Carol’ and the trio’s perfectly crafted take on Peter Bellamy’s ‘Sweet Loving Friendship’. This is folk music grown from deep roots with a burgeoning growth that proves that trunk and branches remain in rude and vigorous health.
The Dovetail Trio, each with long-served pedigrees in English folk, are Jamie Roberts (guitar, vocals) Rosie Hood (vocals) and Matt Quinn (concertina, vocals) and you can find them here: dovetailtrio.com
Review: Tim Carroll