1. Storm Cat Song
DAVEY DODDS was the frontman, singer songwriter for Prog Rock band RED JASPER until he left the band in the ’90s and worked as a fly fishing guide and writer. Over the years his songs have been recorded by numerous bands including THE UNTHANKS who performed “Magpie” on their recent album.
“Kernowcopia” has grown out of the very roots and bones of Cornwall where Davey now lives. The album is a combination of old songs and new work which is striking and original, strongly influenced by traditional and Celtic themes with hard edged, political, symbolic and atmospheric tracks.
Davey Dodds is back with a vengeance!
DAVEY DODDS, MARTIN SOLOMON, ROBIN HARRISON, DAVID CLIFFORD, BRADDERS BLUESINGER, KEVEN TAYLOR, STEPHI UNDERDOWN
...The Magpie is a striking song because it's all acapella. A full band version can be found on Red Jasper's debut album in 1990. 'The Shaman's Song' has harmonica in the arrangement, which makes a positive difference to the other songs of the album. Also remarkable is 'Merlin's Isle Of Gramarye'...The guitar and bass guitar are in the hands of Robin Harrison, while his Red Jasper mate David Clifford is on the drums...
ProgWereld (Translated - July 2017)
Davey admits that the prog-rock thing was self-indulgence on his part but some of Red Jasper's music remains with him and several tracks are reworked on Kernowcopia. He's also reunited with two members of the band...
RnR Magazine (July 2017)
Dodds enjoys revisiting some emblematic titles of the Red Jasper era. 'The Magpie' from Sting In The Tale (1990), recently released by the folk band The Unthanks on their 2015 Mount The Air album, 'Jean's Tune' from A Midsummer Night's Dream (1993), 'Ship On The Sea' and 'The Shaman's Song' from The Winter's Tale (1994) are among them.
Located at the crossroads between Jethro Tull for music and Fish for voice, Davey Dodds returns to the front of the stage primarily for his own pleasure. And that's fine!
Prog Female Voices (June 2017)
I have always enjoyed Davey's vocals, and the album certainly doesn't give the impression that he has been away from the scene for so long, nor that he had to get himself a mandolin, as he is in full control, and it really was only yesterday that he was treading the boards (I commented that he didn't seem to have changed much, and the response was "I have a painting in the attic"). This is a truly beautiful album, and credit must be given to Derek Aunger who has worked with Davey to capture an incredible sound. The only real issue with it is that I have been playing it so much that it stopped me from listening to other material that I should have been getting on with! As to the album title, if you didn't know, 'Kernow' is the Cornish name for Cornwall, so it is a play on that and "cornucopia" (an abundant supply of good things). Even though I'm from Devon, I must admit it's not just pasties and the A38 that are the only decent things coming out from Cornwall, I'll add this album to that incredibly small list. I love it.
MLWZ.pl (June 2017)
Often likened to Fish vocally, Dodds' strong storytelling style comes through in this thoroughly stripped back setting where bodhran, mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle and even 'bones' are the backing for the vocalist to tell his tales - two of the musicians involved being Red Jasper men, Robin Harrison and David Clifford. The protagonist certainly hasn't lost any of his acerbic edge, Dodds still turning a spotlight on what he views as social imbalances. The result is an album steeped in traditions, not just musically but also lyrically...an honest album that thrives on a clear love for the music and approach it employs.
Sea Of Tranquility (June 2017)
Dodds' album is primarily Folk...drummer David Clifford is there on two pieces; guitarist and bassist Robin Harrison even features on "Merlin's Isle of Gramarye"...otherwise, the album is dominated by Dodds' vocals and mandolin with Martin Solomon's fiddle...
Musik An Sich (Translated - June 2017)
Magnificent Cornish storytelling songs from prog rocker Davey Dodds! The best folk release of the last decade!
Keys and Chords (June 2017)