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Thread #46624   Message #733115
Posted By: wysiwyg
19-Jun-02 - 03:37 PM
Thread Name: Review: PHILLY FOLKSONG SOCIETY Reviews
Subject: Review: Joe Stead, Valparaiso 'Round The Horn
Joe Stead is an Englishman who lived among us some years ago. He is a traditional singer who, also, writes songs, as who doesn't. When he dwelt among us, he ran the Bothy Club, when that venerable institution was housed in Cavenaugh's Bar, across the street from the main Philadelphia railroad station on 30th St. He's been back in Old Blighty long enough to have forgotten what good food tastes like, but he is putting out some fine music. His latest, and best, effort is Valparaiso 'Round The Horn. It is a delightful, informative musical trek that brings the listener on a sailing ship, out of Liverpool, bound for South America.

This is what folksong recordings can be, and should be. Joe explains every step in the journey, from the days ashore to the workdays aboard. The songs are well performed and, thank goodness, understandable. I recommend this one, a lot.

Joe's web page is www.joestead.com.

MM for PFS