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Long Overdue by Dave Smith is filled with tales to thrill us all

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Spalding Guardian reporter Kat Wakefield reviews Long Overdue, the album by Dave Smith from Quadring Fen.

When I first heard the opening bars of the first track on this album, I knew I was in for a good time. I was so impressed by what I was hearing that for a few moments I completely stopped what I was doing and let Dave Smith, of Quadring Fen, sing away to me.

He has a really wonderful style. Each song tells a tale and the sound is decidedly dreamy.

Long Overdue by Dave Smith (56045434)
Long Overdue by Dave Smith (56045434)

From the title track which talks about meeting old friends and how life has changed since the 70s, to I’ve Got a Ghost which... well, I’m sure you can probably guess!

Speaking of friends, several of Dave’s pals have helped him to put this album together. Patty Vetta helped to provide vocals, percussion and production. Tony Harris had a hand in the engineering, bass guitar, keys and lap steel, while Steve Harrison provided more keys. Kamila Badlowska plays the violin and Tom Wright provides a great guitar solo.

My favourite tracks is Play Your Hand. It almost reminds me of Fleetwood Mac – and it will sound brilliant in the sunshine.

I could happily imagine enjoying these tracks live in a pub, crowded together with friends old and new – the album has that vibe about it throughout.

Dave has said that the recording of Long Overdue was “quite difficult at times” but I hope that he realises how much that hard work has paid off.

Rating: 4/5

By Kat Wakefield

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