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Album Review

The sprightly "Off to Adventure" begins Of Wind and Water, with Harvey Reid playing solo 12-string guitar. Reid's third album is more lively than earlier efforts like The Coming of Winter, gathering its inspiration from the New England seaside. This more nimble sound is aided by heavier use of 12-string guitar and by guest David Surette on guitar and bouzouki. "Pieces of Eight" is a particularly effective instrumental, played solo on the rare six-string banjo. The individual notes roll light and airy from Reid's fingers, resembling happy old-time banjo playing more than bluegrass. As the album progresses, the songs and instrumentals develop various aspects of life on and by the water. The somber "Midnight on the Water" flows easily into the upbeat, "Dance, the Storm Is Over." "The Keeper of the Light" is given a radiant and open feel by the addition of Sarah Bauhan on tin whistle. Reid's fingerstyle guitar on "A Windy Grave" creates a layered sound, both rich and full. His guitar style is subtle but multifaceted, and he's comfortable playing folk, Celtic, and traditional material. For guitarists, he has included liner notes about unusual tunings, use of capo, and the individual guitars used on each cut. Vocals are added to several tracks, as in the pleasing "Show Me the Road," where Reid is joined by Lynn Rothermich. Reid is an effective writer, and has written most of the material on Of Wind and Water. This is an eclectic, lyrical album, sure to evoke images of the seaside. ~ Ronnie Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews


Recognition for this consummate artist is too long in coming. A breath of fresh air. It's reassuring to know that this kind of talent is still making music.

Solid throughout

I consider this to be Harvey's most solid piece of work. The album deepened my appreciation for old ballads. I could easily see myself sitting in a dark smokey bar swilling ale listening to a couple of local boys playing. Often my respite from the daily world of electronic noise and constant movement.

Beautiful and Balanced

One of my all time favorite albums. A perfect balance of instrumentals and vocals, upbeat and slower paced, major and minor. It never fails to transport me to a relaxing place by the sea.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Harvey Reid is a songwriter and also a master of multiple instruments. He has carefully honed his craft over many years at countless clubs, festivals, on many a street corner, cafes, schools, and concert halls all across the nation. Some have called him the "renaissance man of folk music." He has made his study the vast repertoire of American music and crafted it into his own personal and distinctively colorful style. His dozen-plus solo albums on Woodpecker Records serve well to showcase his mastery...
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