There's a truly great review of “Twelve Strings to the Beau” in the new issue of Ugly Things Magazine from the
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BEAU - Twelve Strings to the Beau
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LP Salvation, UK
It really has been an amazing year for reissues and discoveries. One that I’m sure will stand out in the folk circles is this first time appearance of the unreleased third album from
UK folk genius Beau (aka Trevor Midgley, whom we covered in depth in UT#34).
Shelved for 35 years after Beau got a promotion at his day job, it stands as
some of his most creative songwriting. Beau’s two LPs on John Peel’s Dandelion
label are criminally underrated, but are gaining a strong reputation, and this
release may push that into overdrive.
The title of the LP says it all, all tracks are just Beau and his 12-string guitar, but the chemistry is mesmerizing. The LP flows from gentle to dark in a beat, recalling some of the finer moments on Bill Fay’s album (if you replace the piano with a 12-string). Some especially captivating moments are found in “The Commodore,” “Cartoon,” and “
The flipside gets a bit more fast-paced, and is equally solid. For anyone into
classic Bristol Museum UK
folk, such as Al Stewart’s early CBS albums or the aforementioned Bill Fay,
this is an essential album to add to your collection. (Alex Kerner)