Roy Harris of Taplas
reviews Ghosts & Greasepaint by Barry ListerI could almost review this album without listening to it! I have known Barry Lister and heard him sing over many years, as a stalwart of the folk scene in the West Country, former resident of the famed Jolly Porter Folk club, Exeter, and a regular presence at Sidmouth festival.
For my money all he had to do was sing up to his usual standard and a worthwhile album would be the result. He did. And it is. Anyone who values the traditional ballads sung with storytelling skill, in a voice of resonant sweetness, will be delighted with this. .
'Long Lankin', and 'Young Edwin' breathe again with the Lister treatment, and 'Admiral Benbow' springs a surprise by being the rousing version done by the Songwainers years ago. Well done Barry and Wildgoose too.