|Barefoot & Blue - REVIEW|
Artist: Milton & Farrow Skiffle+Blues Band Title: Barefoot & Blue
Richie and Bill have combined their talents to create a refreshing mixture of acoustic folk, blues and lively skiffle; both have written six original numbers each and for which they accordingly provide lead vocals, except for the title track in which they share the lead. Bill, with his patient and understated approach, excels on the shuffling, compassionate and† more than thoughtful poignant folk and blues numbers, giving each of them a gently evocative toetapping homespun feel, while Richies vocals on the bright and breezy skiffle numbers injects a feeling of energetic joy; on the slower shuffles Richie presents a rather more distinct feeling of vulnerability.
Providing the excellently sensitive and shuffling accompaniment is; Alan Glen; harmonica and kazoo, Greg Harewood; bass, Graham Hollingworth; drums and Roger Cotton; keyboards.
Milton-Farrow Blues+Skiffle Band author: Norman Darwen
Richie Milton will best be judged by history and most likely found to be a significant figure inthe British blues scene. With releases on theNote-Music, Blues Matters! and Indigo labels, plus some he has put out himself, the beshaded frontman for his Lowdown is not a new name but he does seem to get overlooked in the UK blues pantheon - despite always receiving excellent reviews (and he'll get another of those here). Fellow singer/ guitarist Bill Farrow is known to some for his song "Canning Town Blues", which West Ham fans will have heard down at Upton Park, but Bill is also an all-round talent, being both an actor and poet in addition to his blues skills. This CD presents the two men alternating their vocals,
backing each other up, and performing real duets.
Rating: 8 - Norman Darwen