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Shelagh McDonald

The Shelagh McDonald Album


Released: 6th February 2020

LP - Silver Vinyl Limited to 1000£22.99Out of Stock

Limited to 1000 only on Silver Vinyl.
A true lost acid folk classic. Edinburgh-born Shelagh McDonald released two albums of forward thinking folk rock helmed by her beautiful voice in the early 70s before disappearing following a bad acid trip. Heralded by many of the acolytes of the folk rock scene - Richard Thompson, Keith Tippett et al, her debut has been cemented in popular lore as a lost classic. It's easy to see why. The playing on these compositions is exceptional, lightly psychedelic without being heavy handed, with pleasing flourishes borrowed from country music or more extreme psychdelia all harnessed to serve McDonald's beautiful vocal. It's an ethereal instrument that also recalls Sandy Denny in its tone or Nick Drake in the phrasing. Lyrically, McDonald's tales of lost loves and stories of misadventure are melancholy yet uplifting.
Tracks like Waiting For The Wind To Blow have a distinct Jefferson Airplane feel, with cascading notes rising and falling under McDonald's voice. Her ghostly take on Pentagle's Let No Man Steal Your Thyme has an older folk feel harking back to her roots in the 60s folk revival. It's this mix of styles all rendered gently and with panache that make Shelagh McDonald's music unique. It never threatens to get too sentimental or too acid-dipped, indeed there's a humanity to the almost unattainable beauty on the record that grounds everything on it. An essential reissue