Album Review: Phil Doleman & Ian Emmerson – Turn

Turn CDLabel: Sore Thumb Records

Derbyshire based duo, Phil Doleman and Ian Emmerson have been absorbed in music since an early age. Not limited by genre, they have played in everything from metal bands to folk and jazz groups with an array of instruments in their arsenal.

After meeting in 2007, they formed a humorous, ukulele act called The Re-Entrants, where the guys drew upon their rock and popular music roots and performed unlikely but well-known tunes on the ukes. Since then, they’ve developed a different act, which focuses solely on their talents as strong writers and instrumentalists which makes up their new E.P. release.

With all tracks written by the duo Doleman and Emmerson showcase their versatility and musicality, effortlessly switching between styles with the bluegrass-influenced, fast picking of Fetch The Biscuits, Barbara! and the old time, swing sounding The Re-Entrant Rag. Each track is effortlessly arranged bringing drawing upon the light and shade, each track telling a story without words.

As an instrumental record, people may assume it will be for the serious music and ukulele fans; such an assumption would mean missing out. As the rise and popularity of ukulele is ever growing, it is still rare to find players who are able to get past the George Formby covers and really carve out their own sound. It is clear from the first few seconds of listening, these guys are experts.

This record captures two musicians at their finest, with a passion for their instruments seeking to find new ways to bring it to a wider audience.

Long may it continue!

– Charlie Barker


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