Gregory Page – A Wild Rose

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Marc Higgins | Stars: 3/5

While himself a North London born Irish-Armenian third generation musician with a grandfather Dave Page who was a master Uilleann Piper, Gregory Page describes his music as Americeltic. Like the Malian Griots the Pages are generationally alive with music, Gregory’s parents met while their respective bands were touring Europe, his mum was lead singer in The Beat-Chics, London’s first all-girl pop group who toured with the Beatles and his uncle Dave was Tom Jones’ original drummer, playing on “What’s New Pussycat”. Americeltic deftly describes both the placing of instruments with Pedal Steel, Pipes, Lap Steel, Flute and Whistles blending with guitars and mandolins. There is also something of the Celtic spring or bounce to the music that Gregory and his band make. This rich musical heritage demonstrates the experiences and flavours he has to draw on when making music. “I Say Adios” takes a smooth Country lyric and some fine vocals from Gregory with a little of the warm whine of Goldrush Neil Young and Cindy Wasserman. Songs like “Born with the Shakes Inside” deftly marry sensitive thoughts on the frailty of the human condition with warm folk music. “Dreams to the Rescue” has some of that Celtic lilt and bounce and some excellent pipes from Eric Rigler who played on Titanic and Braveheart. “The Trouble With You is Me” is a heartfelt sour love song, delivering wry lyrics alongside aching pedal steel from Doug Pettibone and Gregory’s and Cindy’s voices blending beautifully. “A Funny Trick” is another perfectly balanced stripped back song with a warm vocal from Gregory and Sky Ladd’s sparkling piano. Ladd’s piano and Page’s guitar shine through playing together on the achingly beautiful instrumental “Goodbye Jack” that perfectly closes this intimate and sensitive album.