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Don Brownrigg - Wander Songs

Wander Songs

Don Brownrigg

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Roberta B. Schwartz
(rschwart@bowdoin.edu)

Don Brownrigg is a breath of fresh air. He is a young and extraordinarily talented singer/songwriter hailing from Newfoundland, currently living and working in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He's got the kind of voice that draws you right in and keeps you riveted. And he wraps that engaging voice around some beautifully crafted melodies and lyrics. Each song unfolds like a perfectly wrapped chocolate truffle. You can enjoy each morsel, and the wonderfully sweet taste lingers long after it's gone…

Wander Songs opens with the upbeat In It. The melody is driven by a strong, percussive beat, a banjo and an accordion. Zac Crouse plays the banjo and Brownrigg plays the accordion. The singer urges the listener to "heave away/ haul away yourself for a minute/ don't be afraid of the world/ if you ain't out there in it."

Every good songwriter has a love song or two up his or her sleeve, but only Brownrigg has About Her. It has a haunting, hushed quality about it, backed by Brownrigg on acoustic guitar and Jim Bryson on electric guitar. It completely captures the listener as you hang on each and every word.

And then there is the lively, jazzy, Little Black Bird, which takes you in a completely different direction. Zac Crouse picks out the notes on banjo, with Donald MacKay picking up the pace on mandolin.

The recording closes with the dreamy, hopeful The Wander Song. It has all of the best elements of Brownrigg's craft: a lovely, captivating melody, a story to tell, some wonderful backing instrumentation (especially on acoustic guitar and mandolin), and then there is that voice.

If anyone out there is listening, there is a new talent on the rise in Nova Scotia, and his name is Don Brownrigg. And I think the kind of music he is writing and performing is so good that it will turn heads both in the United States and Canada, as well as around the globe. This is one of the best recordings of the year.

Track List:

  • In It
  • These A.M. Times
  • About Her
  • Little Black Bird
  • Eggs
  • Remember Home (written by Donald
    Brownrigg and Peter Brownrigg)
  • Bags & Boxes
  • Until the Judgment's Clear
  • Time Moves On (written by Don Brownrigg and Tanya Davis)
  • Along Too
  • The Wander Song
All songs written by Don Brownrigg except where noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society and Roberta B. Schwartz.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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