A cluster of Palmerston North musicians got together to record and showcase the local folk scene. There are more bagpipes and acoustic guitars than you can shake a stick at – and believe me, you will want to shake a stick at these songs; do whatever you can to chase them away from you stereo.
Almost perverse in the levels of earnestness, you will hear songs that name Manawatu roads, you will hear a cover of New Zealand’s rugby anthem, On The Ball. It makes Sailing Away seem as good as Anchor Me.
Sales of this CD have stalled at family and friends, naturally.
So why the extra half-star for what is most obviously a one-star dud? Well, it’s Palmerston North. I figured they must have suffered enough. Speaking of such struggles, many of the backyard strummers and open-mic night champs that gathered here to serve up the stunningly average have clearly suffered for their art.
And if you are a community-minded sort of person and you choose to listen to this album then it will be your turn to do exactly the same.