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“Adam Mcculloch rouses great expectations, his mother is Gordeanna McCulloch, well known as a solo singer and from her days with the Clutha,we can imagine he's been introduced to the music of other great revivalists when he was still lying in his cradle - a hint towards this is the intro to "The Overgate" which bears memories of Josh McCrea's guitar style. As if this weren't enough he has two Planxty songs on this CD. This might almost be too much of a good thing and stifle anything like a style at birth- but no way we get very personal versions from an artist who works on his own style and produces convincing versions of old songs. Most songs on this CD belong to the new musical canon - one though is new and is written by Adam McCulloch himself, the title song "In These Times" when seeing a beggar in Glasgow he realised how easily most of us could end up in poverty. If his versions of traditional songs weren't so beautiful we might say, write more! But why not,we say now do both!”
"Singer-guitarist Adam McCulloch has quite a pedigree. His mother Gordeanna is one of Scotland's leading folksong and ballad singers, and Adam has clearly been brought up with the tradition as part of family life. Any one of the dozen traditional songs included on this 14-strong debut collection will attest to his feeling for the form as he lends his strong, rugged voice to the Scottish and Irish repertoires and occasionally, as on Willie Taylor's tale of ocean-going skulduggery, their American variants, accompanied by fiddle, mandolin and banjo. As the title track proves, he's a promising songwriter, too, although he might have benefitted from more consideration towards dynamics and variety in the song settings as the mood becomes a bit unrelenting over the span of the album. That said, the raw materials are all in place and, with a new band in place to promote the album, he could easily follow his mum's lead and become a significant voice on the Scottish scene."