the mike davies column september 2015

Tipton’s GARY O’DEA finally gets to release his new album Fly (Gojo Music), a ten track collection of acoustic troubadour folk that sees Eddy Morton helping out on mandolin, dobro, sitar, accordion bass, keyboards and slide and lead guitars as well as including various contributions on table, trumpet and, one a couple of tracks, even the Birmingham Clarion Singers Socialist Choir.

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Addressing the political and the personal, at times he recalls Martyn Joseph, especially on album opener Angel while elsewhere you may well detect traces of John Martyn (notably on Build It Like A Rock) while the keyboards backed You, Me and Al Green has shades of Van Morrison.

As well as a choppily bubbling rework of early number Take The Money and Run, here with added sitar, album also includes the dobro coloured country streaks of In A Zone, the choir-backed gospel soul of Things Are Gonna Change, and, nodding to jazzier territory, the syncopated percussion and accordion busker swing All Down The Days with its occasional echoes of early Hothouse Flowers and title track play out rain-splashed streets mood and trumpet flourishes. He’s been knocking around the scene for a few decades now, but this might finally see him gaining a much wider attention.

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