The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews -

A Selec­tion of Ever Pop­u­lar Favourites Martin Simp­son and Dom Fle­mons Fledg­ling/Planet Blind­faller Man­dolin Or­ange Yep Roc Af­ter the Rain Hat Fitz and Cara Planet Some mu­si­cians share a rap­port that pro­motes the be­lief they were pre­des­tined to per­form to­gether. Such is the case with the above tri­umvi­rate of duos. English­man Martin Simp­son, a notable re­vival­ist who’s renowned for his abil­ity as an acous­tic fin­ger-style guitarist, slide player, banjo picker and singer, has found the per­fect part­ner in song­ster and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Dom Fle­mons from Grammy Award-win­ning US band Carolina Choco­late Drops, with whom to con­tinue his ca­reer-span­ning ex­am­i­na­tion of the shared his­tory be­tween Bri­tish and Amer­i­can folk and blues. There’s noth­ing pre­ten­tious or pompous about this of­fer­ing, de­spite the al­bum’s grandil­o­quent of­fi­cial ti­tle. A hand­picked selec­tion of archival songs from this transat­lantic al­liance — recorded live at var­i­ous venues dur­ing an 2015 tour — is with­out ar­ti­fice, with ar­range­ments of uni­form ex­cel­lence that com­pli­ment both play­ers. If Simp­son’s fleet, sleek string­bend­ing and singing is the salient fea­ture on the Amer­i­can mur­der bal­lads Lit­tle Sadie and John Hardy, his part­ner’s greater vo­cal range

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