Steve Ash­ley

An­other Day

Mojo (UK) - - FILTER - Colin Ir­win

MAR­KET SQUARE. CD/DL

Bowed but un­beaten, the UK folk le­gend and po­lit­i­cal cam­paigner con­tin­ues to man the trenches.

In an in­creas­ingly crazed world, you imag­ine the long-de­rided, long ne­glected mu­si­cal art of the so­cial com­men­ta­tor will once more rise to rally the troops be­hind the might of the pen. While we ea­gerly await those trenches, here’s an hon­ourable sur­vivor from pre­vi­ous protest song wars, still fight­ing the good fight, still ex­as­per­ated by the mad­ness around him, still writ­ing songs of po­tent truths. Ash­ley’s spirit re­mains strong on this un­der­stated al­bum of sharp ob­ser­va­tions, lithe melodies and wry asides. His heart dec­o­rates his sleeve and if the gen­er­al­i­sa­tions of The Pa­per Song are too broad for se­ri­ous im­pact, the heart­felt love in his trib­utes to Tony Benn and The Grease Band/Fair­port Con­ven­tion drum­mer Bruce Row­land (One Strong Voice; the un­ac­com­pa­nied For Bruce), spo­ken word ex­tracts and the unashamedly sen­ti­men­tal homage to his art, It’s Just A Stage, lit­ters charm and hope amidst craggy de­spair.

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