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‘Tomorrow Might Be Monday’ from Ewan D. Rodgers

(October 18, 2012)

Yorkshire-born Ewan D. Rodgers is a veteran of the Leeds folk-music scene playing banjo and guitar tmmwith bands and solo gigs in and around West Yorkshire. He’s also responsible for ‘Tomorrow Might Be Monday’ an album that personifies quirky. This is a truly diverse collection of songs from the widest of sources. As well as his own songs there are songs from the Appalachian Mountains and touches of Delta blues rubbing shoulders with Yiddish and Southern European folk songs, plus classic examples from the British musical hall tradition. Albums don’t come much more eclectic that that.

This is an album that could have come straight from a live performance with the artist meandering across his repertoire and responding to whatever audience requests generate. From the gentle Italian tune ‘Il Valzer Dei Disertori’ to the mournful Russian-Jewish love song ‘Tumbalalaika’ this album is full of twists and turns. When you think you have Ewan’s style ‘boxed’ after ‘Blue From The Cold’ and ‘East Virginia Blues’, andthe traditional ‘Paper and Pins’ (also known as The Keys of Canterbury) along comes ‘I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen’, which despite its American origin remains a hallowed Irish ballad. You can’t help but enjoy the thinly-veiled sarcasm of ‘Bitter and Twisted Rag’, the faintly acerbic ‘Song for Clive Palmer’ (a tribute to the archetypal banjo player) and the boundless negativity of ‘The Black Swan’ – delivered in a laconic, sung-spoken style.

The album (Catalogue Pendle 002) releases on 29 October 2012 - Ewan plays guitar, five-string banjo, diatonic accordion and kazoo - plus guests on fiddle, dulcimer and musical saw. ‘Tomorrow Might be Monday’ is the second release in Folk Police Recordings’ Northwestern Series. A numbered, limited edition album ‘Tomorrow Might be Monday’ comes housed in a CD-case-sized card box with an eight-page booklet. Artwork and design is by Dom Cooper.

Reviewer: Dan Holland

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