Another superlative piece of English guitar folk from the fertile ground that was the early 70’s. Dave Evans’ The Words In Between was home-taped and showcases the man’s astounding fingerpicking and gorgeous sense for melody. Less heard than many of its contemporaries, now's the time to hear The Words In Between.
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You wouldn't think that there was anything else to be mined from the fertile breeding ground of folk music that was the early 70's but this obscurity from this unassumingly-named minstrel Dave Evans is certainly ripe for re-issue. His guitar playing is sparkling. He has a wonderful lightness of touch that is comparable and often betters greats like Michael Chapman and Bert Jansch.
He hits jackpot on tracks like 'Grey Lady Morning' which has that hazy, stoned poetry that Nick Drake excelled at - like Jansch his voice isn't his strong point particularly but you are so mesmerised by the playing that it isn't the vocal point of the album. As if to prove it 'Insanity Rag' is a brilliant instrumental in thrall to John Fahey's lop-sided and seasick rags. There's some lovely double tracking of the acoustic guitar on 'Magic Man' which has each acoustic panned so you can hear his extraordinary playing doubled and busy entangling. Lyrically it has what you'd expect from the early '70s with references to witches, magic men, mist, mysterious ladies etc. It's all very of it's time but what it does do is show a good example of the prototype of what the likes of Ryley Walker are doing now.
On tracks like 'City Road' he is most comparable to Nick Drake but lacks the otherworldly magic of the latter - which is no disservice as no-one else has ever come close either. However Dave Evans name is one that with this re-issue should be added to the list of extraordinary folk musicians of the early '70s.
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