Alden Patterson and Dashwood – By the Night

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Once you twig that Alden, Patterson and Dashwood are in fact three people, the name tends to roll off the tongue a little easier. The three people in question are Christina Alden who sings a bit and plays guitar, Alex Patterson plays the fiddle and also sings a bit and finally Noel Dashwood adds splashes of Dobro and sings a bit too. This ‘singing a bit’ lark is especially noteworthy when it comes to Christina, who has a fabulous voice, very distinctive, full of character and just right for the songs this Norwich-based trio choose to sing. Their second album comes hot on the tail of the trio’s debut release Call Me Home and begins with not one, but two songs inspired by contemporary novels, Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Travellers Wife and secondly Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus providing the inspiration for the title song. This brings a literary perspective to their song writing credentials from the start. The a cappella “Red Rocking Chair” on the other hand borrows from the tradition and demonstrates the trio’s flair for vocal arrangement, with some fine harmonies. A fine blend of traditional and self-penned songs, which are almost impossible to separate.