Still a Breath of Fresh Air
Michael Chapman delivered a superb guitar and songwriting masterclass at The Globe in Topsham last night.
I have enjoyed his latest album 50, and have over the years dipped in and out of his others [though never as attentively as I now want to return to and do], the occasional listens prompted by my introduction to him and his song Postcards of Scarborough on the 1970 Harvest sampler lp Picnic – A Breath of Fresh Air.
He didn’t play this last night – a shame for my nostalgia needs – but he entertained with some sustained guitar brilliance, a well-rehearsed line in Yorkshire semi-redneck repartee, and two songs in particular that were simply beautiful, The Mallard and Caddo Lake, this latter a most gorgeous finger-plucked melody.
Thanks to Chapman for coming to Topsham, and for Julian Piper who organised.