Blair Dunlop – House Of Jacks

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I think the first time I saw Blair Dunlop, it was in Woodford Oxfordshire.  The Woodford Halse Social Club Hall to be exact.  Fairport Convention, many members past and present, were rehearsing for Fairport’s Cropredy Festival in 2012 and Blair, son of former Fairport member Ashley Hutchings, was helping out, along with duo Larkin Poe.  He would have just turned twenty around then.

House of Jacks is the second album by the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist Dunlop.  Blight & Blossom was issued in 2012 and established Blair as an artist with an exciting career ahead and led to him receiving the Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

 

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House of Jacks is certainly a step forward and more than lives up to the promise of its predecessor; it’s a collection of beautifully crafted songs that are influenced, but not confined, by his folk roots.  Whereas Blight & Blossom was deliberately light in its production, on House of Jacks Blair’s trademark guitar styling is enriched with a broader palette of instruments.

Still only 22, the new album allows Blair to venture into his wider influences and expand to a more contemporary sound.  Still laced with beautifully crafted songs along with his virtuosic guitar playing – All songs were penned by Dunlop, except “Song of Two Bridges” (Hutchings and K. Nicol).  Production and engineering on the album is by Mark Hutchinson.

House of Jacks and is released on Rooksmere Records.

Here’s a clip for the first single from Dunlop’s second album “Something’s Gonna Give Way”.

 

 

House of Jacks Tracklist

  1. Something’s Gonna Give way
  2. 45s (c.69)
  3. Fifty Shades of Blue
  4. House of Jacks
  5. Chain by Design
  6. Different Schools
  7. Violas Reverie
  8. The Ballad of Enzo Laviano
  9. The Station
  10. 45s (c.14)
  11. Song of Two Bridges

 

Thanks to Gaynor Crawford

Author: Rob Dickens

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