The Guardian described him as ” Not only impressive but a revelation “.
Tuesday 4 February – The Hoy at Anchor Royal British Legion, 7/9 Northview Westcliff on sea Essex SS0 9NG www.ridgeweb.co.uk
Thursday 6 February – Islington Folk Club, The King and Queen, 1 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL. www.islingtonfolkclub.com
Tuesday 18 February – The Star Folk Club, The Admiral Bar, 72A Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA. www.starfolkclub.com
Wednesday 19 February – Edinburgh Folk Club, Ukrainian Community Centre, 14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB www.efc1973.com
Saturday 22 February – Home of Unpopular Music, Middlesbrough Little Theatre, Toft House, Linthorpe Middlesbrough TS5 6SA Leighsayers.firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 6 March – The Ram Club, Old Cranleighan Club, Portsmouth Rd, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0HB www.theramclub.co.uk
(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