THE EARLY MAYS
Bird On The Wing Records …
Judith Avers, Ellen Gozion, and Emily Pinkerton are the three that comprise the trio The Early Mays -although from disparate parts the three met in Pittsburgh, which is where they now call home and where they made this heart breakingly heart warming album.
The talented threesome play almost all the instruments (the exception being Jason Rafalak on upright bass and mandolin) and have written, individually, the majority of the songs. As you would expect they provide all the lead vocals, but it is the harmonies, closerthan many a sibling band, that stop the world and demand another listen, especially on the a ccapella The Blackest Crow.
The word demand, used above, may imply a touch of aggression and, if that is the case, then I have used it out of context. For this CD isfull of bitter sweet love songs, songs of celebration and songs of joy that seem to have grown organically from the hills and valleys of Appalachia. In fact the only hint of anything remotely aggressive comes with their rendition of Lonesome John, an old fiddle tune from Kentucky.
I would love to write more but my notebook, usually full of negative thoughts, is completely empty, but empty for the best reason of all – there is, simply, nothing bad to say.
As I write we have entered “the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” it is time to sit before the first log fire of autumn, with a steaming cup of tea and hot buttered crumpets, and the soundtrack just has to be thisalbum.
That is me sorted – can I borrow a toasting fork from anyone? Ian Ambrose theearlymays.com
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