CD review by Greg Barnett
The album opens with a rousing track that combines mandolin and guitar, with vocals reminiscent of a youthful John Williamson.
Later, other instruments (fiddle, bass, drums) and additional harmonies give a strong traditional folk sound with occasional lyrical nods to Roy’s base in Western Australia.
Lyrics aren’t a vehicle to impress with cleverness or to invoke deep thought, but instead provide a warm glow of familiarity and an additional rhythmical layer using good syllabic beats.
Strong folk and ragtime blues finger-style guitar are a feature throughout, exemplified in the instrumental ‘Bubble and Squeak’.
This was a favourite as it reminded me very much of the scratchy recordings when I was learning this style of the old black Mississippi bluesmen.
A wonderful array of music, especially so as all tracks were written by Roy.
The sounds include guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, bass, fiddle and drums.
It’s a shame but I was unable to find more information about this album or Roy himself.
15 tracks and 52:48 playing time. 4-panel booklet provides credits, track list and contact info.