DAVE METCALFE COPYRIGHT 2013
HIS COMIC STORY SONGS, OFTEN IN MOCK DYLANESQUE STYLE COMPLETE WITH WAILING HARMONICA, HAVE BEEN POPULAR AROUND THE LANCASHIRE FOLK AND OPEN MIC SCENE SINCE THE LATE 90s.
The material on " Legionnaire" is more poignant, poetic and even dark. The album is laced with themes of star crossed love, loss and betrayal. "Legionnaire", the title track, takes the listener to the eve of a battle to hear the exchange between a hardened soldier and a priest. The setting for "The Signal" is a moonlit night, where soldiers anxiously await a light from a woman's window.
There are modern day protest songs too. Jonathan Holden tells of a childhood lost in the care system. Holy Wars is a dark, post 7/7 reflection, where the narrator appears to be the father of a young terrorist.
These contrast with his comic tale of a family, who are late for Sunday Mass and the
mock- Dylanesque story of the "tug of love" between the Roman Catholic church and his beloved Blackburn Rovers.
David is an engaging storyteller. His timing and carefully honed lyrics are set off by an effortless
guitar style and accomplished harmonica. Some songs are ornamented by the guitar and close harmonies of Seamus Heffernan, who produced the album. Singers Vicky Lyndsey and Gloria
Vinnyey add complimentary female vocals. There are also important contributions from local
guitarist Richard Moss (Drop the Floor) and Paul Heald on keyboards.
David's live act currently features the multi instrumentalist talents of Richard Moss. Richard's mandolin sets and enhances the mood and dramatic setting for "I heard you cry", where we hear the voice of the "good thief". Richard's bouzouki and guitar are used to intensify the atmosphere for the drama in other songs,
David has opened for Peggy Seeger, Sam Lee and Edwina Hayes. He was sponsored by Lost Horizons Productions at several venues in Edinburgh's Free Fringe.
CD £10 + p&p £2.40 = total £12.40.
Cheques made payable to David Metcalfe at Shamrock Recording Studio,
The Garth, Commons Lane, Balderstone, Blackburn, Lancashire. BB2 7LL