Enoch Kent needs no accolades from me, having long ago established himself as a Scottish-Canadian songwriter and folk singer in the grand tradition, but as he advances into his rightful legendry, the man remains incorrigible, lusty, dynamic, and stalwart. All of that that needs noting. On One More Round, he's very simply accompanied by Pat Simmonds (strings, whistle, accordion) and Kelly Hood (pipes), putting the emphasis entirely on his old country delivery, often singing in the original dialects...and Kent is very fond of his Glasgow heritage.
The CD is drawn from the same musics that inspired Steeleye Span, Pentangle, Donovan, and the folk rockers of the 60s and 70s, but Kent's faithful recitations are far more mindful of a sonic version of what Ray Bradbury depicted in Fahrenheit 451: the perpetuation of the past through the canters of the present, a preservation process that combines the artfulness of history with the acumen of latterday homagists of unusual skill. This means you get the bawdy (Itches in Me Britches), historic (Harlaw), the fanciful (McFarlane O' the Sprots O' Burniboosie, a deBergerac-esque lesson), and the many subjects of the troubadour's mind, both mundane and fantastic.
You needn't travel to England or Scotland to get a taste o' the pubs 'n buskers, 'cause Enoch Kent's brought them across the waters (welllll, the northern border, actually, as he's Canadian) for your delectation. Little is lost in translation, as Kent pays studious attention to source materials and inflections. Luckily, he also provides complete lyrics and translations of elder terms so ya don't get lost on the way. We may not be able to get ahold of Robbie Burns—he's been kinda unavailable for a wee bit now—but in Enoch Kent, we have the next best thing, a complete transplantation of the heather and mists of the high country.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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