Chris Priestly: Uncovered
By Tim Page
Chris Priestley seems to be one of those people with a finger in every pie, from co-founding Real Groovy records, to purveying fine coffee, to folk recording artist. ‘Uncovered’ is one classy album; beautifully packaged and sparkling recording is only the beginning. A range of contributors have written the songs, resulting in a
thoughtful selection undergirded by top musicianship and vocals making for an all round great product. Some well known names grace the credits, including Brendan Power on harmonica (what else?) the quintessential folk duo, Brenda Liddiard and Mark Laurent on guitar, vocals and mandolin, along with a whole host of others, too many to list. In fact, although this is officially a Chris Priestley solo album, it rather gives the impression of being created by a friendly, collaborative community. Engineered by Robbie Duncan at Braeburn studios, the production quality is crisp yet real-
sounding, without a hint of the two dimensionality that often accompanies digital recording. The front cover is a funky piece of artwork by Murray Grimsdale, tastefully rounding off a fine product.