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Along The Way

by Dave Kirk

An original mixture of celtic and contempory self-penned songs and instrumentals.
Genre: Folk: like Joni
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1. Who You Are
4:33 album only
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2. Pastures New
2:29 album only
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3. Two Seasons
6:15 album only
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4. Calm Reflection
3:57 album only
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5. If You Slide Down
4:11 album only
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6. Try To Connect With Me
5:23 album only
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7. Looking Into The Distance
4:59 album only
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8. Cutsdean
3:14 album only
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9. Spinning Round
4:24 album only
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10. If I Get Half A Chance
6:08 album only
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11. Along The Way
2:47 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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ALONG THE WAY by Dave Kirk

A review by David Joss Buckley


ALONG THE WAY is a delightful album of thoughtful and deeply personal songs. The music is all Kirk's work - as are most of the songs (with lyrics on a handful of tracks by John Brindle) Arrangements are of the highest order and the recording involving and warm. The backing of several fine musicians - Dan Britton, Neil Segrott and Chris Conway - enhance the songs beautifully and help showcase perfectly Kirk's delicate and airy melodies. His finger-style playing on the fretboard is an intricate tracery of trills and curlicues; a confident performance by an experienced and accomplished artist, who seems equally at home on the piano.

Albums of this sort of material often lurch into easy sentimentality or (worse) obscure and overwrought lyrical allegory, as the writer seeks to express a worldview via the medium of song. Happily ALONG THE WAY avoids these pitfalls by staying simple and expressive without ever becoming pretentious or over-indulgent. From the achingly pretty instrumental of CUTSDEAN to the act of devotion that is TRY TO CONNECT WITH ME, to the starkly poignant folk-poetry of TWO SEASONS this is a hot-chocolate-by-the-fire album. A CD to curl up with. The stand-out track for me is the title song ALONG THE WAY. Unadorned and beautiful, in my view it lifts Kirk's writing into Beth Nielsen Chapman territory and the message it leaves: that we need to make the most of the short time we are allowed, before the footprints we leave in the sands of existence get washed away, is life-affirming rather than gloomy.

5-stars! Buy this album! Now!


DJB - November 2004

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Diane Ponzio


There are few who can look through the lens of mortality and come away with a clearer focus in expressing themselves as poignantly, and articulately as Dave Kirk has on his new release, "Along The Way". His journey, both physically and spiritually, has enabled Dave to infuse his lyrics with candor and simplicity, as to what life is all about.

Utilizing Leicester's finest, Dave has woven a rich fabric of sound, weaving the formidable bass talents of Neil Segrott and the many musical skills of Dan Britton, along with others, to underscore his own lush acoustic guitar work, and soothing, reedy vocals.

If you love the sound of an acoustic guitar, you will be in sonic heaven with this recording. And if you play the guitar, you will appreciate Dave's consideration for you, in giving the tunings he used on each track in the liner notes.

If it's real music you crave, with an important message delivered in brilliant acoustic clarity, this is one recording you won't want to miss along your way.
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