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A review of TOO MUCH WATER published in Fatea in April 2020 by Nick Churchill

HARRY SKINNER

THE SINNER’S LIST

Independent

Well known as half of the acoustic duo Harry & Dave and frontman of The Producers Harry has now released his first solo album of mainly original material plus a few choice covers. Opening track is the beautiful slide guitar instrumental Arizona which always stuns audiences. Next up is Hope’s The Road featuring lovely rolling guitar and an uplifting message. Some of these songs will be familiar but these are new recordings and Losing Our Way is a new song with Harry telling a heartfelt tale of a troubled relationship. Next up is a fierce cover of Blind Willie Johnson’s slide guitar classic Nobody’s Fault But Mine which is delivered with real passion. A new piece Not That Time Again is a lovely finger-picked instrumental which is followed by the jaunty earworm that is Optimism Blues. Jesse Fuller’s wonderful song San Francisco Bay Blues gets a good seeing to complete with some great scat singing. My favourite here is another new song and harrowing title track The Sinner’s List. This one finds Harry pouring his heart out and unburdening himself of some of his shortcomings and then declaring “I know that in my heart I’m good”. WOW! There are a couple more instrumentals with the jazzy St. Louis Blues and Scott Joplin’s pretty, finger-picked, rolling Weeping Willow Rag. The Moneylender is a fiery slide guitar tour de force as Harry tells of his money troubles in anguished tones. Harry has now started doing a few solo gigs and if you’re lucky enough to catch one this album would be the perfect memento of a great night.

DAVE DRURY

Published in July 2019.