Sunday, 14 September 2014

"Living Legacy"- a new CD by Brian and Marie Phillips

Emphasising the depth of local talent that you can see or hear in any Folk or acoustic venue, this 14 track CD encapsulates fully the entire breadth of this talented duo's repertoire. Containing many favourites from their "live" performances, it captures both the excellence (and range) of Brian's musicianship and the depth of Marie's distinctive vocals.   Their arrangements of several songs have previously made me go off hunting for versions of them. So it's good to find many of them conveniently listed on one album. Their treatment of some of my personal favourites like Lindsey Buckingham's " Never Going Back Again,"  Dougie McClean's other classic, " Garden Valley" and Iris Dement's prophetic " Our Town" are part of a very satisfying listen.

     The album was recorded mixed and edited by Norman Wheatley, who also did the honours on our last CD. Kevin Dempsey  adds guitar on two tracks and Maria Barham provides backing vocals on a couple, too. Brian fairly spanks out a solo version of Davey Graham's instrumental "Anji " and takes lead vocal on John Martin's "Fairytale Lullaby." There are also covers of songs by Dan Fogelberg, Stevie Nicks, Kate Rusby and Jez Lowe, included, amongst others. 
Highly recommended. You can find how to obtain it  it here.