THREE HENS ESCAPE OBLIVION
Joel Fafard is a name you can trust in terms of music.
This Saskatchewan-born musician has always managed to impress when I have had the pleasure of reviewing his work. His 2007 release ... And, Another Thing rated a 9-out-of-10 and Rocking Horse in 2003 was equally appreciated.
Three Hens Escape Oblivion, besides being a really cool name for a disk, maintains Fafard’s stellar instrumental guitar work.
Yes folks this is an instrumental effort, and be glad of it. When the music is this good you really do not need lyrics getting in the way of enjoying what Fafard is doing.
Fafard plays guitar, resonator guitar (such a nice effect) and banjo on the album, and is ably supported by Gilles Fournier on double bass and Richard Moody on viola and violin.
The trio blends seamlessly.
Fafard also pens all the tunes here with the exception of three older traditional cuts. The guy can write music, and he performs it with a relaxed style that is endearing.
It is interesting how he combines his own work with the traditional, such as on Chalant/Cluck Old Hen. Chalant is his own effort, whereas Cluck Old Hen is traditional. The two blend into a tune which will stay with you for a while. It just gets into the system and makes you feel good.
Fafard does the same thing blending his Theo’s Song with the traditional Angeline the Baker for arguably the second best cut on the CD.
Of course picking a best cut is a challenge here since I really love this disk start to finish. Fafard is as good a musician in terms of his body of work as I have had the pleasure to review from Saskatchewan. This latest disk only reinforces that view for me.
Mark this disk a must have.
Make sure to check it out at www.joelfafard.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 11, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada