Des Redwood of Folk Mag
reviews Both Shine as One by Ron Taylor & Jeff GillettIt was a pleasure to be asked to review this CD. I've enjoyed watching Jeff
in the past and marvelling at the range of instruments that he plays so
superbly and to be able to hear him accompany Ron added to that enjoyment.
Jeff and Ron, who is a former member of The Songwainers and Regal Slip, have
created a duo that delights in performing old favourites, often with a
pleasant variation on the tune that you may be expecting from the song
title. The sources of the songs are very varied and that adds to the
satisfaction this CD brings to the listener. Together this creates a fine
selection of tracks, some with additional verses penned by Ron
The CD opens with some lovely instrumental that eases you into Lisbon, a
tale of two lovers, following a very common theme as they are parted by war.
The pace quickens as Ron leads into Seven Little Gypsies, collected in
Ireland. I really got into Jack Caundle, track 5, and will soon hope to sing
this myself as I like its links with the lyrics of Sam Hall. It flows along
nicely with some great words. If you like your barley then you can choose
from three songs that all include the word in their title - Adieu , John
Barleycorn, All Among the Barley and John Barleycorn. Of course this gives
you a choice of which one suits your mood at the time - drown your sorrow or
celebrate! Green Bushes has a very restful delivery reminding me of music
from medieval times. Two other well-known songs that I particularly liked
were Rocking the Cradle and Thomas the Rhymer, the latter being a track in
which both Ron and Jeff blended voice and instrument together very softly
and with feeling, bringing to it along a very appropriate pace that fitted
the lyrics well. Appropriately the CD concludes with a lovely rendition of
Kind Friends and Companions, which I was soon singing with them.
A noticeable feature of this CD is the time allocated to many of the tracks.
Lisbon is the longest at nearly 7 minutes, with Thomas the Rhymer not far
behind at just under 7 minutes while others are a good length, being over 5
minutes. This allows Jeff to show his consummate skills with the many
instruments featured including mandola, mandolin, English concertina,
Appalachian dulcimer and, of course, guitar.
So, with a total of thirteen tracks for your money, is it worth adding to
your collection? It certainly is! This is very nicely crafted CD, well sung
and played by two fine musicians. I look forward to their next album.