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Washington Post, USA
'n' Reel magazine, UK
London , UK
Tom Lewis, William Pint and Felicia Dale have been collaborating
ever since they met in 1988, "Making Waves" marks the
trio's official debut. And what a thoroughly entertaining
one it is, brimming with robustly resonant harmonies and songs,
by turns traditional and contemporary, thoughtful and whimsical.
Rudyard Kipling's engaging
verse opens the album, brought to life solely by the trio's
tightly meshed voices. As its title implies, the album focuses
almost exclusively on songs of the sea, including three gems
composed by Lewis: "The African Trade," a narrative
ballad about the lucrative slave trade; a seasick sailor's
lament called "An Ex Sailor's Life"; and the far
more bittersweet reflection, "Swallow the Anchor."
Mixed in with all the
briny (and some blarney) is the carnival song "Pull Down
Lads," an imaginatively refitted bagpipe jig and a tart
and stately version of the traditional Irish melody, "March
of the King of Laois." Like the harmonies, the arrangements
are beautifully crafted and colorfully evocative, with
melodeon, guitars, mandola, hurdy-gurdy, pennywhistle, keyboards
and other instruments gently underscoring the trio's expressive
The Washington Post
"A triumphant sea journey with this trio of singer and musicians
who recently showcased at the Folk Alliance. Two Rudyard Kippling/Peter
Bellamy songs "Rolling Down to Rio/Anchor Song" give
the lusty boldness of the music. Pint and Fox Smith's "Sou'
Spain" is a haunting, beautiful song about the pull of the
sea and other ports. The hurdy gurdy walks lovingly on the instrumental
"March of the King of Laois" and they deliver a bagpipe
jig on "Catherine".
Recorded at Rob Folsom-OMB
the sound is rich, clear distinct and balanced.
cappella singing rings out on "Congo River", and on
"Pull Down Lads" you have to join in. Lewis penned
three tunes; one on the hell of slave trading in "African
Trade", the love of land and wife rather than being sea
sick in the folksy "An Ex-Sailor's Life;" while
"Swallow the Anchor" reflects the comradeship of the
sea and its coming to an end. "The Whale" by Stuart
Frank is an elegant personal connection between man, sea and
mammal that will stick in your soul.
This is a must buy. Glorious,
jousting music of the sea mixing modern and traditional with
assists from Tania Opland and John Peekstok. Lyric sheet included."
Chris Lunn, Victory Review, Vol.18, No.6,
"Lewis, Pint and Dale are master purveyors of sea-songs, making shanties
- usually an acquired taste to these ears - required listening.
Their three part harmonies are particularly superb on this their
latest disc 'Making Waves' and their innovative use of electric
guitar and keyboards amongst the more commonly used melodeon
acoustic guitar and mandolin.
There's also thrills
in store with the fabulous hurdy-gurdy playing of Felicia Dale and the inspiring arrangements to
epic tunes like 'March of the King of Laois'.
Surely they must scour
the oceans of the world for the finest sea-songs and influence
and then take them home and start adding their innovative and
dazzling musical character.
Overflowing with talent this
trio have an album they can with all honesty, be truly proud
Rock 'n' Reel magazine, No.16 1993
"This is the first CD I've received put out on a private label, and
what a superb disc it is too. Well produced and packaged
and a joy to listen to from start to finish.
Lewis is Tom Lewis, the Canadian
ex-Sailor, singer and song-writer now quite well known in this
country having done many successful solo gigs.
William Pint, I confess I've
never heard of but feel from the quality of his singing I should
have, and though given only one lead vocal, Felicia Dale comes
over as a strong singer, and her contributions to the harmonies
The instruments range from
melodeon and guitar to the hurdy gurdy, and are played in a sensitive
way which compliments rather than detracts from the songs. The
material chosen includes three Tom Lewis songs which are not
on either of the two cassettes he has available and I suspect,
like his many other songs, will soon be heard performed in clubs
by other singers.
rest of the songs range from Kipling/Bellamy to John Tams and
all appear to have been carefully chosen to avoid the "samey"
material which is sadly noticeable on many recordings today,
and to promote the individual and collective talents of this
I particularly like their
version of Frank's 'The Whale', the instrumental 'March
of the King of Laois', and William Pint's splendid arrangement
of Fox Smith's 'Sou' Spain', but, having said that,
there's not a dud track on the whole record. 'Making
Waves' has hardly left my CD player, and I believe making
waves is precisely what this Canadian group will be doing when
they tour later this year.
...I can't recommend
this disc highly enough, but there, I always was a sucker for