RALPH MCTELL AND WIZZ JONES

ABOUT TIME Le­ola Mu­sic ✪✪✪✪ ✪

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Stal­warts of the UK acous­tic scene, McTell and Jones are fine pick­ers who know how to de­liver a song. Their paths crossed 50 years ago when Wizz in­vited Ralph to per­form at the leg­endary Folk Cot­tage in Corn­wall. About Time is McTell pay­ing his old buddy back – al­beit half a cen­tury on. Packed full of trad songs, orig­i­nals and cov­ers of tunes from Dy­lan to Townes Van Zandt, this is clearly two good mates hav­ing fun. Honey Babe Blues sets the scene, the two gui­tars and voices gelling per­fectly, while the coun­try-folky Out Of The Snow con­tin­ues the theme. In truth this is more blues than folk, with You’re Gonna Quit Me Baby and You Won’t Let Me Go full of au­then­tic licks, and Tell Her You Love Her Right Now dis­play­ing the duo’s rag­time pen­chant. With just two acous­tics, two voices and the oc­ca­sional har­mon­ica there’s not the dy­namic range of a full band record­ing – some might miss that. But for us, it’s the very in­ti­macy of the set-up is that makes About Time such an in­fec­tious lis­ten.

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