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Leaves & Feathers Review: Folk N Roots March 2013

Some half-a-dozen albums in, Somerset-based singer-songwriter Reg is still something of a best-kept secret, for all that his talents have been heartily endorsed by Mike Harding. His relatively low profile is all the more surprising when you consider the accessibility of his musical invention, the incisive and engaging nature of his lyrics, and the melodious and pleasing qualities of his singing. His latest album of new songs is another glorious collection, whose special selling-point for his fans is that it responds to their demands for a disc that reflects the intimacy of his live gigs, which either take the form of solo shows or are performed with Beth Porter accompanying him on cello. Notwithstanding that central premise, it’s a set whose very special qualities of warmth and intimacy complement the top-drawer songwriting in such a way that it should prove irresistible to a wider audience. The stripped-down ambience bestows an immediacy that suits the reflective, yearning qualities of the writing, ideally conjured by the gentle colours of guitar and cello and further lovingly, sensitively embellished very occasionally by backing vocals from Jess Vincent, Lily Meuross and Bethany Porter. The majority of the dozen songs concern themselves directly and simply with matters of loss and longing, expressed straightforwardly and clear-sightedly manner. Reg may seem to be stating the obvious in love songs such as All I Really Want and I Need You, but his is a special skill indeed in overcoming any hint of tired cliché with his timeless observations and making such an impression on the listener from first hearing. In these respects, Reg’s wistful meditations can be compared with the best of Ralph McTell, with shades of Allan Taylor, Gerry Rafferty and Don McLean too perhaps if I’m forced to make direct comparisons. The gentle lyricism of Emily’s Pages, which both concerns and invokes the spirit of poet Emily Dickinson, quite strongly (though never derivatively) recalls McTell in particular, whereas the supremely evocative, bittersweet homage My Name Is London Town will I’m sure in time come to rival McTell’s celebrated Streets Of London. Another song recalling McTell in terms of metre and contour is One Cold April Morning, which tellingly voices a lady’s reflection of irredeemable sadness at the love and affection she lacks and so much needs, while If You Wanna Be Mine expresses, almost unbearably tenderly and plaintively, one of true love’s biggest contradictions. On Come Back To me, the loss of a loved one is conveyed through the importance of small objects associated with that person, while the sweet lilt of Weary Jane has the feel of a traditional ballad sung by a courtly minstrel. The somewhat enigmatic I Saw A Woman may recall the writing of Paul Metsers, and contrasts with the more political commentary of My Jerusalem, which mirrors the outstanding My Name Is London Town in its portrayal of the omnipresent dichotomy of innocence and experience. Summing up, Reg has the gift for creating well-crafted songs with seriously beautiful melodies, songs that are uniquely memorable and seem uncannily familiar, and Leaves And Feathers is further proof of the timelessness of his invention; I really can’t term it anything but songwriting genius.

www.regmeuross.com

David Kidman

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New Songs from the Shed session posted today.

Follow this link to see 3 songs Reg has performed for the excellent Songs from the Shed series of live sessions.

http://www.songsfromtheshed.com/index.htm

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Video of Reg singing Fool’s Gold at The Ram Club 29/07/11

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=fwPLLUJ8BM0

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New Video on Youtube of Worry No More with The Stringbean Quartet

Filmed in Crewkerne Church, July 11

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa-wgU2xJVQ

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Brand new review of Reg’s CD The Dreamed and the drowned on Folk Radio site

Brand new review on the Folk Radio site of Reg’s new CD The Dreamed and the Drowned.
“one of the best singer/songwriters of our time…. The man is an exceptional teller of tales, a true voice of the people!”

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2011/07/reg-meuross-the-dreamed-and-the-drowned/

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Valentine (from the album Dragonfly) by Reg Meuross

I wrote ‘Valentine’ after reading about the killing of friendly fire of Lance-Corporal Matty Hull in Iraq by American pilots in March 2003. I became aware of the story on February 14th, 2007 when I saw online that The Sun were boasting of a link to a graphic video of the incident. I thought it was a disgusting invasion of the privacy of Matty’s family to use such a tragic event in this way. And the circumstances seemed particularly poignant on Valentine’s day when a young widow might feel the loss of her loved one even more acutely.

The album Dragonfly has been re-issued (2019) and is now available HERE.

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Some articles & interviews by Reg for Acoustic Magazine

Texas House Concerts 2008

http://www.acousticmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=520&Itemid=48

From Crewkerne to California. Feb 08

http://www.acousticmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=505&Itemid=48

Interview with the Blonde on Blonde photographer Jerry Schatzbertg, March 09

http://www.acousticmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=554&Itemid=48

Interview with the guitarist Sam Carter October 09

http://www.acousticmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=744&Itemid=48

The influence of Bob Dylan, March 09

http://www.acousticmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=555&Itemid=48

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Folk Radio excellent new review of All this Longing

Online Folk-Radio have just posted up a new 5 star review of All this Longing. It’s a fantastic Roots & Acoustic station and well worth checking out. Read the review here:

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2011/01/album-review-reg-meuross-all-this-longing/

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New CD Review in Maverick Magazine Jan 2011

Reg Meuross

ALL THIS LONGING

Hatsongs Records HAT002

**** (and 1/2)

take a listen to singer-songwriter Reg Meuross and his latest folkcountry CD

In many respects a throwback to the 1970s singer-songwriter movement, Reg Meuross expertly weaves his talents throughout this, his sixth album with polished style and grace. His style can best be described as Clifford T Ward meets Allan Taylor. His musicianship is superior and his lyrics are very true to life. He explores the human psyche through compelling yarns, many informed by real events and people. A master storyteller, he marries richly vivid lyrics with memorable melodies as on the marvellous Looking For Johnnie Ray, a sad-tinged ballad about a lonely woman and a chance late-night meeting with a man with a sympathetic ear. Much darker is The Bitter Wind, the grim story of the 19th century Peter Tavy double murder on Dartmoor—this is a lengthy tale, but with an insistent rhythm and his clear soulful vocal your attention never wavers until the dying moments of this classic folk yarn. A song that should be passed down through the ages. Basically an acoustic, guitar-driven set, Reg takes his well-crafted songs and turns them into warm and inviting pieces with his cast of talented  musicians. He plays acoustic, tenor and high strung guitars, harmonica, Appalachian dulcimer and keyboards, all pinned down by the solid rhythm section of Simon Edwards (bass) and Roy Dodds (drums, percussion) with additional colouring courtesy of Jackie Oates (viola and string  arrangements), Paul Sartin (oboe, violin), Bethany Porter (cello) and Andy Cutting (accordion). Throughout his voice is sincere while his narratives have heartfelt values. A collection of stunning songs that has appeal to both the discerning country music listener, folk fans and the more rootsy Americana lovers. AC

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New Videos of Album Launch on Youtube 5/12/10

Barry has posted some videos from the album launch in Bridport with the full band and The Holywell Rooms with me & Beth.

Dragonfly:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWdmu131Whg&feature=related

Sail away no more. Reg & Beth, The Holywell Rooms, Oxford. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCillwSORu8&feature=related

The Man in Edward Hopper’s Bar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGTDhPtjH8k

Reg with Jackie Oates, The Dreamed and the Drowned Bridport:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OWQdHXLnMg&feature=related

Reg Solo – Fool’s Gold  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shIQ03AkkOI&feature=related

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