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Nancy McCallion

Nancy McCallion

Taller Dog Music
Available from Nancy McCallion's web site

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This is the first solo disc by this former Molly's lead singer, on it she steps forward and shows what she can do vocally as well as writing all the songs, and co-producing the disc with Ralph Gilmore. Two of the songs are co-written with her partner Danny Krieger, who also plays baritone, slide and electric guitar. The other song was co-written with Darcie Deaville who also contributes fiddle, mandolin and vocals. This disc showcases the vocal range and talent of this musician. It moves seamless through several different styles of songs, without ever sounding like she is scattered and forcing things to get something in. All the songs seem to fit into concept of the disc as it moves along. There is one place where the movement seems to stop. That is in the placement of Cold Hearted Woman which seems to bring the flow and joy to a stop. It is a good song, and with it Ms McCallion shows she has the feel and voice to do a slow French feeling jazz piece. The song is good but the free flowing movement of the disc seems to stop there. It immediately picks up again with the Country feeling Elvis Again, which has a great country two-step beat to it, driven by the fiddling of Darcie Deaville.

The songs run from Country to Irish to slow and moody to wildly rollicking upbeat, all with a solid anchoring by the drums of Ralph Gilmore and the bass by both Steve Grams and Larry Lee Lerma. There are numerous others who contribute and it is a solid and well-played disc. This woman has shown that she can sing, her voice is a strong and yet delicate instrument, which she uses well. Her folk and roots leaning is strong and there is a powerful voice here that shows there is plenty more to look forward to in the future.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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