Alistair Hulett - Live in Concert

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CD review by Chris Spencer
This is a magnificent
To paraphrase a
television ad, Marina,
you’ve done it again!
Marina Hurley, the
creator of the Festival
Folk Sing series, has been
recording live concerts she
has attended since 2006.
This album is a double
album comprising 15
tracks of a Hulett live
recording at the Melbourne
Folk Club in November
The album encapsulates
the strengths of Hulett -
his songwriting, his voice,
his guitar playing and his
lyrics - as well as providing
a wonderful memento of
live concerts and how he
relates to his audiences.
You get some idea of
his character, personality
and wit.
Despite being recorded
on a hand held recorder,
the quality of the
recordings is excellent
and if anyone had any
quibbles, surely they would
be slight.
There are a few
extraneous sounds
accompanying the
recording such as
applause, laughter, chatter
but rather detract from
the album, they create
the illusion that you are
in the room watching his
I am only aware of
Alistair’s musical credence
via his involvement with
Roaring Jack, a folk rock,
Celtic band that worked
out of Sydney during the
late eighties.
Hulett himself describes
the band has having more
punk roots with more
comparisons with the Sex
Pistols, but not having
seen the band perform
live I can’t attest to this
Originally from
Scotland, Hulett returned
to Scotland where he
recorded several more
The songs on this album
range from traditional
songs (The Wife of Usher’s
Well), three that Roaring
Jack recorded (Playing for
the Traffic, The Day The
Boys Came Down, and
The Old Divide & Rule) and
covers of Brian Warfield
(Joe McDonnell), Will
Shade (I’m Stealing
Back to my Same Old
Used to be), Pete Seeger
(Quite Early Morning) and
Ewan MacColl (Ballad of
Accounting and Dirty Old
Quite a few of his own
compositions sound
as if they could have
been written centuries
ago (The Fair Flower
of Northumberland)
and cover such issues
as poverty, war, police
violence against aborigines
in Redfern (The Day
the Boys Came Down,
although when I first heard
this song, it seemed to
be more about the IRA
and retribution violence),
politics (The Old Divide
and Rule, Joe McDonnell)
while Militant Red, The Fair
Flower of Northumberland
and Carry You With Me are
the closest he comes to
doing a love song.
Fans of Leonard Cohen
might want to skip track
12, Way Too Long in the
Tower of Song where
Hulett is critical of the
Canadian singer, despite
being a fan.
Because Hulett’s own
material is so strong, his
covers of Pete Seeger and
Ewan MacColl seem pale
in comparison.
His version of Dirty Old
Town lacks the passion of
some other interpretations,
but he slows it right down
to make it his own.
However he knows
the skill of finishing a set
with a song that leaves
everybody singing along
with a well known song.
In all, a great album,
and highly recommended.

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 13 May, 2012.

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