Beeswing - First Flight

  • Model: TN1147-47
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Bad‐arse folk rockers? Sensitive new age traditionalists? Contemporary pop crooners? Beeswing defy a label. The band that brought you workshops on the genius of Richard Thompson, and the creative force of carbon have recently finished their new album, ‘First Flight’ and are ready to offer Platinum Frequent Flyer Membership to a growing list of enthusiasts who appreciate the warmth, energy and humanity of a Beeswing live performance. The band’s original material challenges the listener, and the traditional songs remind you of why you came to listen to folk music in the first place. Life’s baggage is free on every Beeswing flight.


CD REVIEW by Chris Spencer

Beeswing are an acoustic foursome from the Lake Macquarie area. Their instruments include acoustic guitar, flute, harmonica, whistles, mandolin, bass guitar autoharp and bodhran ... and there’s a credit to Jace the dog for howls and whimpers.

At first when I contemplated the band’s name, I wasn’t sure if the emphasis was on the second syllable, as in Bee-Swing, with a jazz connotation, or Bees-Wing. After a couple of listens, there’s no jazzy swing, so I’m going with the wing of the bees.

The song selection is roughly half original tunes - all penned by Scott Thomson - and traditional - naturally arranged by Beeswing. The traditional songs include: “Young Henry”; “Braw Sailing”; “Mary & the Soldier” “TWA Corbies” and “Suill a Ruin”.

The band intertwine the vocals of the two male and two female members well. While Thomson takes lead vocals on most songs, Jenny Thomson and Barbara Kelly provide harmony vocals on several tracks and in some instances sing verses that have a female perspective, such as on “Mary & the Soldier”. Two exceptions are, “Please Can I Play Mary Magdalene” and “Suill a Ruin” on which Kelly takes lead vocals. Gary Roberts is the only member not credited with providing vocals: he’s probably too busy playing his several instruments! The flute played by Jenny T is also prominent on several other songs. I was particularly taken by these rhyming words on the opening track, the political “George O”, that touches on some of the prophecies of George Orwell: Cadillac, Kerouac, Paddywhack and Men in Black.

There are times I’m reminded of the juxtaposition of the male and female vocals of bands such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, without the driving rhythm sections of either of those bands.

I’m going to have to have another listen, this time with headphones to see if I can hear where Jace the Dog gets his few seconds of glory! It’s not as obvious as the dog on one of the Nitty Gritty Dirtband’s lps! But Hey! I enjoyed the album, so it won’t be such a bad thing ... to have another listen or two!

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 28 June, 2009.


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