MARRY WATER­SON and DAVID A JAY­COCK

Two Wolves ★★★★ One Lit­tle In­dian

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JOE BREEN

“It was earthy, dream­like, warm, pow­er­ful and jagged. It had the ca­pac­ity to be both melan­cholic and joy­ful – of course Marry Water­son could tell a story.” Guitarist David A Jay­cock is re­call­ing what drew him to Marry Water­son, daugh­ter of Lal and a scion of the ma­jor Bri­tish folk fam­ily, the Water­sons. This is Marry’s third al­bum and it is a bliss­ful thing, al­beit one that takes time to nes­tle home. Water­son and Jay­cock’s songs, sen­si­tively set by pro­ducer Neill MacColl, draw from the Bri­tish folk tra­di­tion but also look to Amer­i­can gospel and other gen­res. They are sub­dued, un­der­stated, yet rich in mu­si­cal layer and lyri­cal de­tail. The ti­tle track, in­spired by a Na­tive Amer­i­can du­al­ity leg­end, trawls typ­i­cally com­plex emo­tional ter­rain but there are many high­lights among the 15 tracks, in­clud­ing Dig­ging for Di­a­monds and Wool­gath­er­ing Girl.

Water­son and Jay­cock are sub­dued, un­der­stated, yet rich in mu­si­cal layer and lyri­cal de­tail

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