REVIEW | Colin Clyne: The Never Ending Pageant

If you’re looking for the best country and Americana music in the underground scene today, then Aberdeen-based musician Colin Clyne should be high up on your list of artists to check out. From winning numerous awards in the UK and the USA, to supporting big names like Big Country and Donnie Munro, to having the honour of performing for the legendary Elton John, there’s no doubt that this man has accomplished very much over the course of his career.

If you’re not sure where to start, then I suggest his latest record, The Never Ending Pageant. Throughout the album, it’s clear that Colin is very talented as he demonstrates great vocals and superb harmonica skills; the latter best displayed in the likes of Sizzle Not The Steak, Playing God and the title track. His backing band The Carrons are all fantastic in their own right, particularly in the backing harmony department.

There’s a wide variety to be had, as we are presented with a collection of catchy, fast-paced numbers that are difficult to resist tapping your foot to, including Merry Go Round, I’d Rather Do and Toast The Happy Times; in addition to a mix of slower, more restrained tunes such as This Blue Town, Top Of The Mountain and My Bonny Broken Valentine.

All in all, this is an album that does Colin’s talents justice. Undoubtedly, one of the finest albums to emerge in the country genre in recent memory, and if it doesn’t convince you of this gentleman’s indisputable musicianship, nothing will.

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