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Land Of Planty is an instrumental collaboration between Bill Mackay and Ryley Walker. The two guitarists from Chicago bring their own sound to this album making it a mix between Walker’s folk/rock/jazz triumphant Primrose Green album and Mackay’s improvised and melodic work with Darts & Arrows. Fingerpicked ballads, psychedelic meanderings and raga infused blues workouts all feature here.

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Land of Plenty by Bill Mackay & Ryley Walker
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7/10 Clinton 28 October 2015
Ryley Walker has made one of this years best albums with the marvellous ‘Primrose Green’ but this collaboration with Darts and Arrows guitarist Bill MacKay is a very different and more low key proposition.   Entirely instrumental, the two guitarists wander around each other on a series of gorgeously strung out pieces that suggest lots of improvisation and little rehearsal. Recorded live,  11 minute opener ‘It Takes a Quilt’ is as gorgeous as Michael Chapman’s recent ‘Fish‘ if there were two of him. There’s some almost medieval playing on ‘Rickshaw Waltz’ which proudly leaves in the amp buzz in the mix but my favourite piece of the set is the sun-dappled ‘Gold Season’ which has both guitarists intuitively finger picking around each others parts in exquisite fashion.   Unlike some records of this ilk, it’s quite aggressively played with the players letting rip. ‘Proimise Me’ is as folky as it gets with a Bert Jansch feel to the intricate chords as the audience chunter away in the background. Idiots. 

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