With The Land of Time, Pete Morton has created a fine collection of contemporary folk songs which aren’t afraid to face up to some of the more pressing issues of our time with wit, intelligence and nuance. These are rare qualities too often missing from much music today and singer/songwriters like Pete Morton should be valued for their contributions, both as musicians and commentators.
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Wednesday 18th November Ely Folk Club, Ely, Cambs www.elyfolkclub.co.uk
Thursday 26th November Uxbridge Folk Club sites.google.com/site/uxbridgefolkclub email@example.com
Friday 4th December Musical Traditions Club, The King and Queen, 1 Foley Street, London, W1W 6DL www.englishfolkinfo.org.uk/mustrad/mtc.html
Saturday 5th December – Haddenham Festival, Village Hall, Banks Park, Haddenham Bucks HP17 8EE www.haddenhamceilidhs.co.uk
NEW CD RELEASE! on Fellside Records ’THE LAND OF TIME” will be available at live gigs from 23rd August. Also available from www.fellside.com
(October 06, 2015)
Certainly deserving a place among the definitively ‘different’ folk albums of 2014 was ‘The Frappin and Ramblin’ Pete Morton’, which wrapped sarcasm and savage observation within Morton’s singular ‘folk rap’ style to deliver something compelling. Well I’m pleased to tell you that his new album ‘The Land of
Time’ has lost none of the cutting edge, perhaps softened the approach a touch but everything you expect from the idiosyncratic Pete Morton is there in spades. A distinct and thought-provoking view of the world, the ability to produce that lyrical edge that cuts like a knife and inspired originality.
The lead in track is familiar ground to Morton fans, ‘The Herefordshire Pilgrim’ offers a view on the pilgrim’s travels, as the following London ballad, ‘Bloomsbury Boy’ overflows with emotion, while the ‘frap’ returns through the hook laden, piercingly observant and agonisingly accurate ‘Poverty Frap’ with its time-spanning look at the lives of sweat-shop workers. Morton reveals sorrow coupled with inspired hope, love and memory through the deliberations, honesty and revelations of two biographical tales … his grandfather in ‘One Hundred Years Ago’ and a dedication to his son in the title track ‘The Land Of Time’ – both formidable songs that move the soul. One more time the driving ‘frap’ returns through the rabid narrative of ‘Old Boston Town’ before he closes with ‘Oh What Little Lives We Lead’ and more razor sharp observations.
‘The Land of Time’ is intensely absorbing and thought provoking. Its sincerity is touchable. Its candour at times disconcerting. It is also another classic example of Pete Morton’s talent.
Find Pete Morton and ‘The Land of Time’ here: www.petemorton.com
Review: Tim Carroll