Derek has been singing for over 35 years and is well known as an excellent solo performer throughout the U.K.
Some of the songs on the album are unaccompanied but most are accompanied by Derek on guitar or bowed psaltery with the support of concertina, cello, fiddle and oboe. Chorus songs are one of Derek's specialities and the album has some great chorus singing.
Apart from his love of folk song Derek is also a keen conservationist and many of the songs on this album reflect these interests giving it a strong 'green' theme.
Review by Fiona Heywood
No stranger to the folk scene, or to recording, here is another release by Derek Gifford, again with nautical and environmental issues running throughout – two of the themes that have become associated with his singing over the years.
This CD consists of 14 well chosen songs, most of which are written by other respected folk singers (Pete Coe, Richard Grainger, Alan Bell, Bob Watson etc), alongside two traditional songs – Dives And Lazarus and Bold Fisherman. Derek accompanies himself on guitar or bowed psaltery on some tracks, and has a few other guest musicians giving him a hand at points, and the rest of the songs are unaccompanied, though often embellished by a fine group of chorus singers, effectively portraying that folk club feel.
The disc opens and closes with two strong songs. Richard Grainger’s Land And Sea talks of humankind’s mismanagement and often blatant disregard for the resources at its disposal, and Paul Sartin’s oboe is used here to good effect. Brian Hooper’s Coming In Further, gives a slightly more humourous take on the state of our environment, and closes the disc with a catchy chorus ringing in your ears.
This is a fine CD, full of good songs and singable choruses – a worthy addition to any song lover’s album collection.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 22 August, 2016.