Jake Walton - Silver Muse


Product may vary slightly from image representation.
I’d been wondering why I’d not heard much of Jake of late. Readers will most likely know him as a hurdy gurdy player par excellence, who collaborated with Jez Lowe on the 1986 album, Two A Roue. I recall interviewing him around the turn of the millennium and was enchanted to discover his other work, original songs and tunes composed over a career which even by then had already chalked up over two decades of music-making.

Given that virtually all of Jake’s previous albums are long ‘discontinued’, the arrival of this CD will be judged very good news. Silver Muse is a representative collection of Jake’s songwriting spanning four decades. By my reckoning (and I stand to be corrected here), of the disc’s 15 tracks, two-thirds are re-recordings of old favourites. Interspersed among these we find five compositions of more recent provenance, which fit snugly here and prove the consistency of Jake’s vision and his writing over the years, the latter heavily inspired by the Celtic lands – their myths and legends – and informed by the cycles of nature and man’s place within the scheme of things. Several of the songs take their cue from literature, including a setting of Yeats’ Lake Isle Of Innisfree and creative adaptations of O’Shaughnessy’s Ode (The Music Makers), Elizabeth J. Coatsworth’s St. Eval (After The Plough) and an old Irish prayer (White Wave Sea).

Jake’s is a style that doesn’t date, although it might be considered ‘old school’ in that his music is both mellifluous and melodic, flowing and genial and commendably easy on the ear even when tackling less than comfortable topics (Trees, Tom O’Bedlam’s Dream). Jake also benefits greatly from the contributions of long-time collaborator Eric Liorzou and other musical friends including Jez Lowe, Bryony Holden, Alex West, Kathryn Wheeler, Athene Roberts and David De La Haye. You can take it as a recommendation that within a short time of placing this disc in the player, you’re bound to fall under Jake’s spell. The accompanying booklet and contents are most attractively presented too.

David Kidman

  • Model:CM0001
Manufacturer Info
Kieron Means - Run Mountain
Kieron Means - Run Mountain

This is a test review. I'm a bit too close to this to say wi...
1 x Alistair Anderson - Islands2 x Jez Lowe - Jack Common's Anthem2 x Bob Fox - Box of Gold2 x The Living Tradition Magazine - Issue 1171 x Dave Swarbrick & Alistair Hulett - Saturday Johnny & Jimmy the R2 x The Bonny Men - Moyne Road2 x Claire Hastings - Between River And Railway1 x Vin Garbutt - Persona Grata1 x Pete Coe - Long Company2 x The Living Tradition Magazine - Issue 1042 x Chris Foster - Traces2 x Doris Rougvie - My Joy of You1 x Diarmaid & Donncha Moynihan - The Lights Of Ranzanico2 x Roy Bailey - Coda2 x Barbara Dymock - Leaf An' Thorn1 x Coope Boyes & Simpson - As If1 x Battlefield Band - The Road Of Tears1 x Tom Spiers - Allan Water1 x 1 LATEST ISSUE The Living Tradition magazine1 x Ellen Mitchell - On Yonder Lea1 x Various Artists - Nowt So Funny As Folk1 x The Flying Toads - In Stitches1 x Walt Michael & Co - Legacy1 x The Living Tradition Magazine - Issue 1451 x Hilary James - Burning Sun1 x Kieron Means - Run Mountain1 x Jack Beck - Half Ower, Half Ower tae Aberdour1 x Geordie Murison - The Term Time Is Comin Roon1 x Christina Smith & Jane Hewson - Like Ducks1 x Fiona Ross with Tony McManus - Clyde's Water1 x Robb Johnson, Miranda Sykes & - 21st Century Blues1 x Norman Kennedy - Live in Scotland1 x Sisters Unlimited - No Change Of Heart1 x Colum Sands - Turn The Corner1 x Blackbeard's Tea Party - Reprobates1 x Heather Heywood - Lassies Fair & Laddies Braw1 x Thomas McCarthy - Herself And Myself1 x Various Artists - Border Sangsters1 x Steve Turner - Late Cut1 x Folk Legacy – Historic live recordings from our archives1 x Various Artists - Folk Legacy: Live Recordings From Girvan Folk1 x Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies - Tenterhooks (The Art Edition)1 x Paul Maguire, Desy Adams, Ruadhrai O'Kane, Ryan O'Donnell - Good1 x Duncan Wood & Cathal McConnell - Auld Springs Gies Nae Price1 x Bob Wood - When the Moon Sits Fat on a Scudding Cloud1 x Peter & Barbara Snape - Snapenotes1 x Adam McCulloch - In These Times2 x Anna Tabbush - Waiting in the Wings1 x Caladh Nua - Happy Days1 x Steve Turner - Rim Of The Wheel1 x Martins 41 x O'Hooley & Tidow - Live At St George's1 x Gren Bartley - Magnificent Creatures1 x Gerry Hallom - On the Periphery1 x Emily Slade - Shire Boy1 x Pat Kilbride - Nightingale Lane1 x Alasdair White - An Clar Geal1 x Various Artists - The Hooky Mat Project1 x Jez Lowe - Heads Up1 x Jake Walton - Emain: The Unknown Land1 x Alan Bell - In My Homeland1 x Chris Conway - Sounds Like Rain1 x Eric Bogle - The Source Of Light1 x Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies - Northern Echoes Live on the Tyne1 x Mick Ryan & Various Artists - Here At The Fair1 x Bill Jones - Turn To Me1 x Battlefield Band - Dookin'1 x John Conolly - Send Us a Postcard2 x Battlefield Band - Home Is Where The Van Is1 x Alison Kinnaird - The Silver String1 x Robb Johnson - The Triumph of Hope over Experience1 x Iain Thomson & Marc Duff - No Borders1 x Heymann & Kinnaird - The Harper's Land1 x Gerda Stevenson - Night Touches Day1 x Heritage - Tell Tae Me1 x Jake Walton - Silver Muse1 x Flora MacNeil - Orain Flora1 x Mike Katz 1 x Chris Conway - Earth Rising1 x Colin Pitts - Looking for England1 x Gilmore & Roberts - A Problem Of Our Kind1 x Chris While & Julie Matthews - Piecework1 x Jez Lowe & Jake Walton - Two A Roue1 x Clive Gregson - Long Story Short1 x Alan Reid - Recollection1 x Roy Bailey - What You do with What You've Got1 x Christine Primrose - Without Seeking Without Asking1 x Issy & David Emeney with Kate Riaz - Legends And Lovers1 x Battlefield Band - Happy Daze1 x Jim Malcolm - Sparkling Flash1 x Leon Rosselson - Intruders1 x Finlay MacNeill - Fonn is Forhan1 x Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies - Honesty Box1 x Battlefield Band - Line-Up1 x Rowan Rheingans - The Lines We Draw Together1 x The Living Tradition Magazine - Issue 1441 x Mick Moloney - If it was'nt for the Irish and the Jews1 x Penny Lang - Gather Honey