21 February 2018
Si has been singing and playing English Traditional Song nationally for 15 years, first with the duo Barron Brady and now as a solo performer.
As a self-taught guitarist, he tries to keep the accompaniment out of the way of the words and melody, it’s the songs that matter.
He is a folk fanatic – exciting, moving and relevant music, hallowed by time – the only kind of music that never gets old. He celebrates that and he demonstrates his love for this powerful music every time he sings.
I think he’s a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. His new album is called ‘Sweet Billy Caution’ . I think it’s a lovely album, he’s got a crystal clear voice and a simple but powerful accompaniment on the album; great choice of songs too, end of story. [The Sailor Cut Down, album song is:] …totally and utterly beautiful.
…our editor admits to having “nearly worn the CD out listening to it – it is one of the best I have heard in a while”. Time for some investigation…
Kevin T Ward The Living Tradition Magazine
Si’s voice has a very appealing tone and I really like Si’s manner, his totally relaxed yet fully committed performances exuding a beguiling brand of gentle energy that’s all his own. There’s also a refreshing quality of complete honesty to his expressiveness, which sounds every bit as fresh on each subsequent hearing; this impression is accentuated by the flexibility in phrasing that Si’s intuitive and genuinely responsive self-accompaniment affords.
At the risk of peddling a bit of a cliché, my verdict is that you should exercise no caution whatsoever in acquiring a copy of this genially undersold yet distinctly magical CD.
David Kidman- Living Tradition Magazine
Atherstone Folk Club meets …
3rd Wednesday every month
(except June: next day – Thursday)
The Rose Inn
Main Road, Baxterley, Atherstone CV9 2LE
8:00 – 11:00
We aim to have something for everyone; traditional, modern, shanties, comedy, dance and sessions just for musicians, so they don’t feel left out.
Entry (mostly) will be FREE, with a collection for the guests that night and a free raffle.
Together with our sister clubs in Bedworth and Nuneaton, we aim to provide the best of folk music in the Midlands.
Come along and see what we (they) have to offer.