The Abion Band - ‘Fighting Room’ EP(September 28, 2011)
The Abion Band - ‘Fighting Room’ EP - Wipe away any nostalgic tears you might feel like shedding as the baton of The Albion Band is passed from father to son. Rather than regurgitate yet another line-up of the tried and tested (started originally in 1971) Ashley Hutchings vacates his position as leader and hands everything over to the more than capable Blair Dunlop (guitars/vocals).
Apart from any detractors who might feel that there’s nepotism within the ranks this recording, a 5-track EP is as refreshing as the original project and opening with a brash “Thieves’ Song” featuring the trademark Stratocaster guitar sound that personified many of the first band’s albums new members Gavin Davenport (guitar/concertina/vocals), Katriona Gilmore (fiddle/mandolin/vocals), Tom Wright (drums/vocals) and Tim Yates (bass/melodeon/vocals) prove an impressive ensemble.
With a surprisingly audacious cover of John Tams ‘Ragged Heroes’ and requisite traditional ‘Newfoundland Sailor’ and ‘No Sir No!’ the group will no doubt please the ‘trad.arr’ posse whilst navigating a path to encourage the youth of today. I await a full-blown album with interest.
Reviewer: Pete Fyfe