Bob Walton of fRoots
reviews Days O' Grace by Hector GilchristCelebrating 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.