Splid Records SPLIDCD015 ★★★
Robust Americana flavoured folk A musical partnership composed of
“Worth every penny!”
Dolly Parton DOLLY by David Brassington
Michelle plum, long time associate of Chumbawamba and Nick B. Hall, session guitarist for, among others, Magna Carta. Plumhall have been steadily building up a head of steam with numerous support slots over the past few years. No, their debut album finally appears and a fine set it is. Both members possess fine voices and they harmonise well together on ten of their own songs along with a version of Boff Whalley’s Learning How To Talk, written specifically for Plumhall.
What elevates the album is the excellent playing by the band they’ve assembled, in particularthe pedal steel playing of David Hartley, heard at its best on the sumptuous swoon of 10,000Locks which also features the very fine guitar of David Crickmore. Crickmore adds lap steel and a decidedly Americana feel to the opening title song which clips along at a fine pace summoning up a fine impression of heavy weather on the plains. Throughout the album there’s a feel of Americana filtered through a British folktradition, reminiscent in places of lain Matthews work in the seventies
and this is captured perfectly in the brooding dark melodrama of Never Forget My Name Paul Kerr