Paddy Burgin And The Wooden Box Band: My Sweet Town
By Tony Parker
Master stringed instrument maker and renowned guitarist in his own right Paddy Burgin's musical ventures have seen him performing solo as well as in various Celtic, folk and country bands around Wellington. This is his second solo album of original songs and instrumentals that take a journey around his home town and beyond and as expected it's all acoustic, featuring Burgin's top drawer fingerpicking and slide playing backed by Tom Callwood (Little Bushman) on bass and Bruce McNaught on cajone, a wooden percussion box. Also present and providing an interesting counterpoint to Burgin's folk and country influenced licks is Justin Clarke with his own gypsy style guitar and rolling banjo. It's a nice organic folky sound with the only real weakness being Burgin's vocals which, although pleasant, lack the power of his guitar playing; something heightened by the accompanying Costa Botes-produced DVD. This has the band performing instrumental versions of the album's songs at the Wellington School of Philosophy, performances that bring out the intensity of Burgin and Clarke's guitar work and the extremely sympathetic backing of Callwood and McNaught. As a package the CD and DVD combine to showcase Burgin's ability to not only create quality instruments but also quality urban folk music.