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