Lehto and Wright

The Further Adventures of Darling Cory

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This album continues in much the same manner as Lehto and Wright's 2000 offering, Ye Mariners All. Exceptionally talented on guitars and bass, respectively, Steve Lehto and John Wright evoke memories of arguably the strongest period in Fairport Convention's storied career -- their early-'70s period, particularly 1970's Full House -- that is, when this duo decides to play electric folk. The hitch is that Lehto and Wright are such fine acoustic musicians and interpreters of tradition that they dutifully need to devote as much album space to acoustic fingerpicking as rock & roll. With a vast reservoir of folk songs from the U.S. and U.K., this duo is capable at arranging as well, giving new life to obscure and well-known traditional songs alike. The gaps are filled in with Nick Drake interludes and brief original compositions. While it would be easy to declare Lehto and Wright the American Fairport Convention or the equivalent of Ashley Hutchings-meets-John Renbourn, there is so much more involved here, like the John Fahey and Ian Anderson influences or the amorphous Band allusions that crop up intermittently. The latter might simply be explained because of the historic liner images coupled with the occasional North American folk selections. Regardless, this is a superb collection of folk and folk-rock that fans of all the aforementioned artists are bound to appreciate.

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