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Davy Cowan | Fragile People

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Fragile People

by Davy Cowan

Best known for his work with Celtic rockers Coinneach, Davy Cowan emerges here in solo mode with a cracking long player chock-a-block with good yarns and bursting with sing-along tunes. While his folk rock roots shine through – there’s also a nod to bluegrass and country – the lasting impression is of a storytelling songwriter at the top of his form regardless of genre. Whether it’s the restless shuffle of “Moving On” or the ode to youth that is “16 + Reckless” , the album bristles with ideas. Sift through the 60 minutes on offer and you’ll find more hooks than a fisherman’s tackle box. The driving “Unfortunately Yours” positively spits with indignation while at the other end of the spectrum the lovely “Each Day I Die” is a wistful call to seize the moment and stop procrastinating. Whoever inspired “The Gatecrasher” – the tale of an ultimately lonely party animal – will probably cringe on hearing the story relayed here. Think of The Beautiful South at their brilliant best and you g
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Moving On
4:10 $0.99
2. Tender Sleep
4:47 $0.99
3. Song For Summer
3:43 $0.99
4. Show Me The Way
6:00 $0.99
5. The Gatecrasher
4:35 $0.99
6. Fragile People
4:06 $0.99
7. Each Day I Die
4:48 $0.99
8. 16 & Reckless
4:34 $0.99
9. Emilys World
3:27 $0.99
10. Unfortunately Yours
3:09 $0.99
11. Cynical Man
3:04 $0.99
12. Last Stop
4:18 $0.99
13. The Likes Of Me
3:46 $0.99
14. Praise
6:33 $0.99
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Album Notes

Davy Cowan’s songs encapsulate the essence of many of the stories and situations that have inspired him over the years: people, places, old memories, faces; journeys on trains, ferries, planes - and a clapped out converted Ford Transit minibus.

The red morning sky; thunder clouds over the Cromarty Firth & her rusting meccano set oil rigs, which cast a menacing shadow across the shores beneath them.

The Love and The Pain and the Beauty of witnessing offspring grow - ever evolving - linking the future with a long forgotten past which in our time now is destined to be!

With Davy’s many different musical influences, it’s almost impossible to pigeonhole his music into any one musical genre.

Within a mercurial melting pot of ideas and styles, his acoustic based contemporary Folk/Roots music - with its hints of Bluegrass, Country and Pop - still manages to retain an energy and spirit thats been ongoing through the years.
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Dave Emery

thought-provoking and original
'Fragile People' is Davy Cowan’s hugely enjoyable debut album, intended to launch him on what will, I sincerely hope, be a very successful solo career.

Davy made his name with Highland band, Coinneach, but if you’re therefore expecting a Celtic Rock album you’ll be in for a surprise. The album features fourteen self-penned songs based on a wide variety of themes and experiences, some of them stunningly original. In amongst songs of love lost and found, train journeys and boat trips, there’s The Gatecrasher about, yes, gate crashing parties (or even a wake) and the hilarious, The Likes of Me, a song about an anorak-wearing train spotter that left me in stitches.

Davy’s approach to song writing is spot on — straight forward words and catchy tunes that soon have you humming along. My favourites include the opening track, Moving On, the beautifully crafted Song for Summer and Each Day I Die, and indeed the title track itself. That said, there simply isn’t a weak song on the album.

The album is well-produced and features some fine musicianship — as well as being a fine musician in his own right, Davy is well supported by a number of his friends and colleagues. He performs his songs with a raw energy and zest, it says here — I’d certainly agree with that! A word of warning though, as this review is for a folk-oriented website, Davy includes amongst his influences not only folk and country but also rock and punk. This isn’t an album for the folk purist or, indeed, for any of those who like their music neatly pigeon-holed. However, if you simply like music that’s fun, thought-provoking and original, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Fragile People.