David Nigel Lloyd

Lonesome Desert Ceilidh

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One of the ways to introduce new listeners to an artist's earlier works is to re-release selected cuts from a prior album on an MP3.com sampler, and this is what David Nigel Lloyd does on Lonesome Desert Ceilidh. These are mostly selections available from his earlier release, An Age of Fable, with the addition of his cover of the traditional ballad "Wild Mountain Thyme." Lloyd gathers together his friends and family for instrumental and vocal support, and the result is quite distinctive. In typical Lloyd fashion, he covers a lot of ground, from the satirical "Poor Little Englishman" to the brooding love song "Rebecca, Rebecca" to the autobiographical and wry "The Famous Folk Singer Visits Los Fumos," with its deliberate discords. The commonality is the artist -- thematically, the songs are all different from each other. So it's another taste of Lloyd's diverse talents, with his eclectic mix of traditional and original selections, as he continues "singin' for supper all around this big old world."