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Ron Trueman-Border and John Scott Cree

FLAMS FCD 005

Two songwriter/performers get together to work in areas not normally their own. The prolific Ron Trueman-Border has a reputation for writing finely crafted songs which sound as if they've been around for years. John Scott Cree normally sticks to comedy, on the basis that others do better the more serious material. Here they reverse roles, with some overlap and the result is a most interesting and entertaining album. The well-crafted songs share folk themes which combine the funny (shrewish and domineering women, whingeing, carrots, biking) with the serious (gambling, teenage and adult anxieties, introspection, war) and the occasional love song, in a mixture of guitar-based Blues, Folk and even ‘50s Pop formats. home your eyes and hear solo performers in clubs or mid-period Dylan or even Status Quo singing these songs. Acoustic instruments predominate. Guitars, mandoline and harmonica, both blues-wailing (Weeping willow blues) and straight ahead Dylan blowing (Don't allow), feature throughout. Ron's subtle slide guitar playing on many songs is exemplary, notably on "Satisfied (never been)". Ron and John swap vocal lines, and most songs are enhanced by the harmonies and backing vocals of their two surprisingly similar and complementary voices. Buy it. Guess who wrote what (without looking).

Enjoy it. Sing it. Details from the website:- myweb.tiscali.co.uk/johnscottcree/

Ernie Noad
Orpington Folk Club
Orpington Folk Music & Song Club