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MIKE GROGAN - Too Many Ghosts

MIKE GROGAN - Too Many Ghosts
Poacher Records PRCD105

Mike Grogan has been around for many a year, but may be a name unfamiliar to some readers - not surprising as it is only recently he has released solo albums, although he had his own band for a while. Too Many Ghosts is his third solo CD and, as on the previous ones, he has called in the services of some notable performers. This in no way disguises his own instrumental talent, or the sincerity with which he delivers the vocals.

Throughout, there are nods to his previous years (he started in a rock band during his teens), especially the influence of Springsteen amongst others. There’s a warmth to his vocals and a real passion in his singing, as he sings about the trials and tribulations of everyday life, but never despondently - always with hope for the future.

Virtually all tracks have a catchy chorus, many of which I found myself humming along to. The title track is especially strong, with Phil Beer’s mandolin providing the main accompaniment. Incidentally, Phil also provides some wonderful fiddle on a number of tracks. Others making significant contributions are John (Rabbit) Bundrick on keyboards, Joseph O’Keefe, also on keys as well as violin, with Mark Tucker playing all sorts and producing as well. But the overriding memory is of Mike’s thoughtful songwriting and the delivery of those songs. Those who like music to fit into a single genre are in for a shock as this doesn’t, but who cares. Good music is good music, and this certainly is.

Dave Beeby

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This album was reviewed in Issue 119 of The Living Tradition magazine.