ALBUM REVIEW: Jim Ghedi – In the Furrows of Common Place | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 22.01.21

 

 

 

 

 

On the face of it, Jim Ghedi is a musician out of time. Steeped in decades of rich tradition, the Sheffield guitarist’s influences span both generations and styles, blending a reverence for his Irish ancestry with everybody from The Watersons to John Fahey. Even so, the tone adopted on this third album is inescapably contemporary; its eight tracks exploring central threads of environmentalism alongside habitual socio-political issues which have only been exacerbated by the awfulness of 2020.

These themes are drawn into sharper focus by In the Furrows’ newfound lyrical approach, in which Ghedi’s voice is cast front-and-centre alongside typically luscious arrangements – a bold shift from an artist whose modus operandi is carving a singular and increasingly significant trail through 21st Century folk.

 

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