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You'd expect a guy born and raised in Newfoundland to sing about the ocean, bitter weather, and fishing. And while Ron Hynes has actually done the requisite time playing folk music of a more specifically Maritime character (one of his earlier albums was titled Face to the Gale, which sounds a bit more like it), his first album for Toronto's Borealis label squarely straddles the line between singer/songwriter folk and straight-up country. In fact, to American ears there's a certain Midwestern flavor to his delivery -- on occasion, such as the lovely "From Dublin With Love," he sounds like no one so much as Freedy Johnston in his vowels and inflections. Like Johnston, Hynes is more of a songwriter than a singer, but his homely voice is just the right vehicle for the bitter "Record Man" (a bitter denunciation of record label execs, accompanied by a jaunty and uncredited banjo) and the excellent "Ghost of Dana Bradley." On other songs, you wish he'd sing with just a bit more power, or, failing that, at least a little more speed. Recommended overall.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Borealis Recording
UPC: 0773958115224
catalogNumber: 152
Rank: 127828

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ron Hynes   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sylvia Tyson   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Cindy Church   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Cross   Drums
Dennis Pendrith   Double Bass,Acoustic Bass,String Bass
Chris Quinn   Banjo
Don Reed   Fiddle,Violin
Dave Woodhead   Bass,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Curly Stubbs   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Ukulele,Classical Guitar,Shaker,Hi String,Guitar (Resonator),Guitar (Tenor)
Keith Glass   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Jenny Whiteley   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Joe Wright   Mandolin
Tom Leighton   Piano,Accordion,Piano (Upright)
Burke Carroll   Dobro
Chris Coole   Claw Hammer Banjo
Wendy Solomon   Cello
Joey Wright   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Murray McLauchlan   Composer
Paul Mills   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Declan O'Doherty   Composer
Ron Hynes   Composer
Susan Shore   Composer

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