Elis Macfadyen – Dreamers and Journeys

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson

From the opening song “Life’s a Journey”, Elis Macfadyen invites us to join him on an odyssey, an adventure through the highways and byways of the mind of a dreamer. There’s something very familiar in these songs and especially in the melodies; “Living Your Life in One Day” seems to be as familiar as “Danny Boy” and “Auld Lang Syne”, despite the fact that it’s a brand new and original song. This is probably why the thirteen songs appear so accessible upon first hearing them.  There’s a gentle, almost meditative feel to the songs, especially in Macfadyen’s uncomplicated delivery. With some tender unintrusive accompaniment courtesy of Rachel Campbell’s fiddle, Ed Sloggie’s accordion, Alan Macfadyen’s bass and Dave Mcintosh’s brush work, Dreamers and Journeys maintains focus throughout and ensures a smooth ride to the end.