Dando Shaft An Evening With Dando Shaft
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- Released: September 24, 2001
- Label: Edsel Records Uk
- 2.Cold Wind
- 3.September Wine
- 4.Cat Song
- 5.In the Country
- 6.Drops of Beauty
- 7.End of the Game
- 8.Lazily Slowly
Personnel: Dave Cooper, Kevin Dempsey (vocals, guitar); Martin Jenkins (vocals, mandolin, violin, flute); Ted Kay (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Alan Robinson .
Arranger: Martin Jenkins.
On their first album, Dando Shaft came off as something like a more folk-oriented, yet also more hippie-oriented Pentangle. The percussive pulse of Roger Bullen's bass in particular gave much of the material a rhythmic swing that helped it stand apart from traditional folk, as did original material based around images of nature: rain, wind, leaves, the dawn, flowers, the country, and so on. The singing and songwriting betrayed a notable debt to Bert Jansch, though with a more whimsical bent that Jansch usually allowed. Their greatest assets, certainly in terms of putting their own stamp on a sound that bore close resemblance to aspects of Pentangle (and, more distantly, the Incredible String Band), were the colors added by multi-instrumentalist Martin Jenkins' mandolin, flute, and violin. As progressive folk that was pastoral in mood and not quite folk-rock, it was pleasant but ultimately not as distinguished or interesting as their unavoidable reference point, Pentangle. The Pentangle comparisons would if anything multiply when they added a female vocalist, Polly Bolton, for their next two albums. ~ Richie Unterberger
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