John Wright is the front man & singer of the very successful John Wright Band. John has a truly compelling voice, both strong and expressive. On A Few Short Lines, his first solo album for many years, John has recorded some of his favourite songs, mainly traditional.
"This CD demonstrates superbly that the voice is one of the finest instruments available to mankind". The Living Tradition.
Lord Franklin; Raglan Road; Hills Of Ardmorn; The Kerry Recruit; Song (Heaven To Be Near Thee); Starry Night; Ned Of The Hill; Helen Of Kirkconnel; Black Is The Colour; Rout Of The Blues; Galway Shawl; Carrickfergus.
Invitations to John Wright to perform at major festivals and other venues throughout the U.K. and Europe keep pouring in and the Band has an ever-growing and extremely loyal fan base. John somehow managed to find time off from the Band's hectic touring schedule to record this solo album of some of his best-loved songs that have never found their way onto Band albums.
"He is not just another good singer that's arrived, but a major talent who has a compelling and extraordinary voice. Certain voices are best regarded as a spiritual gift: this man's voice qualifies".
"John sings honestly from the heart and avoids the trap of slipping into sentimentality and the way he establishes an immediate rapport with his audience reminds me in some ways of the charisma of the late Alex Campbell in his hey-day".
John has selected mainly traditional material for A Few Short Lines, quite the opposite of the Band's repertoire, including such widely known favourites as Lord Franklin, The Kerry Recruit, Ned of The Hill, Helen of Kirkconnell, Rout of the Blues, The Galway Shawl and Carrickfergus, plus the more recent but also widely sung Hills of Ardmorn and Raglan Road.
The album was produced and engineered by Steve Lawrence at his Act One Studios, Glasgow. The remarkable Steve also plays guitars, bouzouki, mandocello, mandolin, mandola, Small Pipes and whistles on the album. Additional backing from the talented Wendy Weatherby (cello and backing vocals), Fraser Speirs (harmonica) and Angus Lyon (piano).
A fine vocal album which should help to redress the balance at a time when instrumental albums are to the fore!
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