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Child Child

Erik Darling

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Album Review

Erik Darling's pleasant voice, sparkling banjo, deft 12-string acoustic guitar skills, and his unerring ability to supplement traditional material with like-minded originals has made him a sort of behind-the-scenes innovator on the folk scene for decades. A former member of the Tarriers (for whom he provided his version of "The Banana Boat Song," otherwise known as "Day-O"), the Rooftop Singers (his rearrangement of Gus Cannon's "Walk Right In" was a huge hit for them in the early '60s), and the Weavers (he was Pete Seeger's replacement), Darling has a stripped-down, melodic approach to folk that gives everything he touches a contemporary feel without stripping away the roots that lie just beneath the surface. Child, Child is all Darling (he does everything here, aside from a little added percussion) and includes a delightful mix of traditional pieces with key originals. He reprises "Walk Right In" and "The Banana Boat Song" here and turns in a fine version of the folk piece "Jay Gould's Daughter," which features some wonderful acoustic guitar. Two originals written with his frequent collaborator Pat Street, the title tune and "It Doesn't Matter at All if It Rains on Me" (reprised from his previous album, Possible Dream), show intricate melodies delivered with deceptive ease, and recall early Simon & Garfunkel, although it is more likely they learned these tricks from Darling rather than the other way around. At first listen, this collection seems rather unassuming, but repeated plays reveal a subtle melodic genius at work, and Darling fans won't be disappointed.

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Child Child

What a treat. It might seem a little narcissistic to re-record one's own voice doing several parts, as Mr Darling does on this album. However, his voice is so remarkable and clear, I can't imagine it any other way-- other peoples' voices can't match his. It's completely perfect and original. I once heard a flute orchestra in concert. I was astonished. I had no idea such a thing existed. All flutes, and yet the sound was brilliantly lush and textured. In this collection, Mr Darling is a Mr Darling orchestra, and it is pure delight.

Biography

Born: September 25, 1933 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Erik Darling's graceful sense of style and clearheaded arrangements of traditional folk tunes made the singer, songwriter, and versatile instrumentalist a behind-the-scenes innovator on the folk scene for decades, and if he never actually became a household name, his influence was subtle and pervasive. Born September 25, 1933, in Baltimore, MD, Darling actually spent his childhood in Canandaigua, NY, and by the time he was in his early twenties, he was a regular fixture in New York City's Washington...
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