Tony Rickets: Snap
By Nick Batt
Folk singers never seem to be stuck for material, absolutely anything can be folkalised into a song. While this skill can be admired in a live performance it doesn't always carry through to the recorded medium. Tony Ricketts is no stranger to folk and its strange and dark methods. Originally from the UK Ricketts began writing in 1975 and doesn't seem to have stopped. 'Snap' is a whopping 17 tracks long, and while most are under the four minute mark, it still represents a considerable body of work. Ricketts, who sings and plays guitar, is helped by Jenny Kilpatrick on vocals and recorder; Melissa Garber, accordian and piano; Brenda Liddiard on mandolin with Lee McDuff and Ashley Smith providing backing vocals. 'Snap' was recorded by Portable Panic Sound which is also run by Ricketts and is self-released. The sound is pretty much standard guitar-based folk with a shanty and some country thrown in. While there is essentially nothing wrong or missing, with the exception of Song for Jodies' Birthday, I just didn't find it particularly engaging. Of course you may well find this to be just your cup of tea.