Ciaran Dorris "Chasing Dreams Down A Dirt Road" (Independent 2007)
Songs about people, places, and events. In essence folk music that you don’t need a tankard to like
A Belfast-born, Glasgow based songwriter Dorris made a name for himself on that cities burgeoning folk scene with the band Arran Bede and latterly with the singer Heather Innis. Taking a slightly broader approach for his debut solo record Dorris has nonetheless kept at least one foot in the tradition. In the same way as say Boo Hewerdine exudes sincerity in his songs without ever (well, nearly) falling into that pit of sickly seriousness so to does Dorris. Delivered in a instantly likeable tone these are songs of returning home only to find ‘home’ isn’t exactly how you remembered it (“The Prodigal’s Return”), the world’s reluctance to really come to terms (or even acknowledge) global warming (“Halcyon Highway), and, best of all, a song penned especially to tell the tale of how Dorris gave a young Josh Ritter a few words of encouragement on the very funny “Amy Rigby’s Shoe.” - Yes, I know, its a long story. This is folk music played and performed with all the gusto and guile of more traditional fare yet there isn’t an Arun jumper in sight and, as far as I can tell, there is not a finger anywhere near an aural orifice. Like the best ‘folk’ music this is good whole-hearted story telling that touches upon all aspects of everyday life and leaves you genuinely interested (and in some cases moved) by the peoples, places, and events.. Yes, liked this one.
Date review added: Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Reviewer: Del Day
Related web link: Artist website