George Sansome – George Sansome

Album Review | Grimdon Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Produced by Ben Walker, George Sansome’s eponymous debut presents a bunch of traditional songs, some well known, some familiar and some obscure, each supported by their respective ‘Roud’ index number, suggesting there’s been some extensive preliminary research here.  With most folk album debuts, it’s also about what to leave out as to what to put in.  Confident in his vocal delivery, the young singer/guitar player of Granny’s Attic fame serves the songs well, in that neither his vocal delivery nor his guitar dexterity gets in the way of telling a good story. 

Almost completely solo, with just the addition of Tom Bailey’s double bass on the opening track “Collier Lass”, the feel of the material is not unlike that of early Martin Carthy albums, once again, the emphasis being on the songs themselves, with a clear reminder of the past.  “Bonaparte’s Departure for St Helena” brings to mind a more contemporary folk voice in Jim Moray, who also recently recorded the song and both presumably inspired by the singing of Nic Jones.  With informative song notes, wrapped lovingly in pink, George Sansome marks a bold stride in solo workmanship and confidence.

Choice Track: Napoleon’s Departure for St Helena (NSV 505)