CD Review: Douglas Michael – The Newfie Stump Jumpers – by Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show


The Newfie Stump Jumpers

The Bold O-Donahue – Leaving of Liverpool –
Leaving Home – Road To the Isles – All For Me Grog – The Drunken Sailor –
Newfie Stomp – Joe Batt’s Breakdown – Dirty Old Town – Newfie Bits –
The Rose In Her Hair – Lynn, Cathy and Nicole – Little Beggar Boy – The
Orange and the Green – Run Run Away – The Night That Paddy Murphy Died –
Mussels In The Corner


I’ve had this CD on my ‘to be reviewed’ pile of CD’s for
awhile, it was forwarded to me by Michael T Wall one of Newfoundland’s
greatest promoters.  Like Michael I’m a great lover of Irish music.  For
a number of reasons.  Doesn’t matter how good or bad it is, the Irish
attempt to ‘tell the truth’ in their music.  Doesn’t always work, but
the end result is some pretty incredible music, and very entertaining.
The early Irish influences on American country music, well you don’t
hear that much anymore in today’s modern country music, is their
storytelling abilities.  Once one of the major contributions to early
American country music, the ‘story’ was paramount.  And it still is in
Douglas Michael’s ability to bring that great Irish ‘sound’ back to the
recording world.  Douglas Michael is a handsome young man with wife
Sandra and his daughter Alysha standing right behind him admiring,
promoting, and certainly sharing his music with everyone that likes this
style of Irish music.  Douglas does it well, and is joined with Gary
Carroll on accordion, Jerry Lush on lead guitar, Lewis Benoit on bass,
Mark Mathews and Luke Cox on drums.  All of these musicians are very
familiar with ‘Irish’ music, and play it well.  They back Douglas
especially well and take the listener back to another day and another
time when music was really music.  I thought the ‘Drunken Sailor’ was a
little fast, but then the Irish are a little fast anyway.  All in all,
the ‘story’ of that poor drunken sailor is still alive and well, the
very purpose of what Douglas is doing with his interpretations of some
really great old-time Irish music.  He also added one of his originals
to the mix, “Lynn, Cathy And Nicole” a very effective ‘story’ song, in
the typical Irish fashion.  So Douglas is not only a good singer,
guitarist, and recording artist, he’s also a good writer in the
traditional sense. RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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