This CD is the one that has rarely been off my player,
since I received it over a year ago. It grabbed me then
- and it has never slackened its grip!
To say that it is eclectic underestimates the word and
these songs. This recording covers the spectrum of what
might very loosely be thought of as roots/folk music;
from calypso to country and Tex/Mex to klezmer, from
classic swing to sea-shanty, out to "the Islands"- and
beyond. Each track a gem in its own right. Each one
with a new and fascinating flavour - with Tony's rich,
Australian drawl and easy guitar style superbly
complimented by a stellar array of some of Canada's
finest musicians. The line-up of supporting musicians;
each one a household name and virtuoso in their own right;
is sparingly used; with great sympathy for the music; and
to maximum effect.
If it were possible for me to pick a favourite track - almost an
impossibility with this CD - it would probably be Tony's sensitive
treatment of Banjo Patterson's CLANCY OF THE OVERFLOW ... though
next time I put it on, I'll fall in love with
yet another of the songs.
In order to maintain my credibility, I must confess that I count Tony
Latimer as a great friend, as well as a greatly admired singer,
songwriter and performer. It behoves me, therefore, to list the
various short-comings of this collection ...... do you need me to
repeat them??????? Do yourself a favour - beg, borrow or steal a
copy of Salt Over My Shoulder. Better still, do what I do ... buy
several as gifts for your friends!