Martin Gaughan RobertsMartin Gaughan Roberts
Album: Yestermorn
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 14

On his Facebook page, Martin Gaughan Roberts, describes himself as, 'Antiques dealer at self employed and loving it !' It's an enthusiasm that he brings to his music, even though his genre picks up on the stripped back folk blues.

"Yestermorn" is his most recent outing, following up on "MGR" and in all honesty, it has to be said that there are a few tracks that make it across the bridge to this self released fourteen tracker, but don't let that deter you. Similarly don't be put off by the handmade nature of the packaging, books and covers and all that, but Martin would do well to learn a few marketing skills to get his music across to people whose only reference is a radio play or two or coming across a copy of the cd.

Ok so much for the packaging, what's important is what sits inside and at that point I suddenly find myself with no faults to find, but then I've had experience of Martin Gaughan Robert's work before and I'm delighted to discover that a rich array of self penned songs are there to greet me.

The songs are stripped back, just Martin on his guitar, accompanying a slightly rough around the edges vocal that talks of whisky and cigarettes, no idea if that's just the sound or the results of a couple of expensive habits, neither of which matter as it's the sound he brings to his recordings that really hit the spot.

There is the element of the wanderer about Martin, people and places, often widely distributed and including a slightly out of place feeling, "Table For Two (Tribute To Princess Diana)", not that it's a bad song, for me it just doesn't sit comfortably with the rest of the album.

Yes "Yestermon" is a slightly flawed album, there are bits, from the outside in, but don't let that hold you back. Ultimately this is an album of an artist that has found a slot for himself in a genre he loves and has the talent to bring his sense of enjoyment and wonderment at music to you and I'm not sure you can ask more than that, so put your feet up and enjoy.

Neil King