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Bob Walton of fRoots

reviews Days O' Grace by Hector Gilchrist

Celebrating 50 years of singing in folk clubs up and down the British Isles, if nothing else Hector Gilchrist deserves a long-service award.

His fine tenor voice works well on his choice of songs – nearly all Scottish, many well-known – and is decidedly easy on the ear. Contemporary numbers such as Brian Mac-Neill’s Trysting Fair At Falkirk and Alan Reid’s Just A Boy sit happily alongside Burns and the traditional, there are fine performances of John Condon and Ian McCalman’s The Shian Road, and a couple of his own songs.

He ably accompanies himself on guitar (most of the Guitar accompaniments come from Jonny Dyer - Doug Bailey) while Moira Craig adds additional vocals; Vicky Swan and Jonny Dyer tastefully round out the arrangements and provide some backing vocals as well. All in all an album worthy of attention, and a pretty fine celebration.