Joël Fafard

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Joël Fafard

Joël Fafard


Joël Fafard

Three Hens Escape Oblivion

(Bayard Island)

 

The album’s title and cover art are what first attracted me to this
album. Three Hens Escape Oblivion—that’s just awesome! The farm
theme continues into the instrumental tracks on the album, melding country,
folk, bluegrass, Celtic and roots traditions. Fafard’s album of
toe-tapping, down-home songs oozes energy and spirit, many of the tunes
sounding as if they could belong right at a barn dance. “So
Chalant/Cluck Old Hen” and “Not Just Another Dead Rock”
pulls listeners’ imaginations right to a worn wooden floor packed
with dancing couples. Other songs, such as “Road Hockey” and
“Borrowed New and Blue,” slow things down and draw out the
twangy notes; this creates a tougher and grittier texture to the songs.
Taken as a whole, the album’s strength lies in its ability to paint
musical pictures and to evoke stories and place through sound. V

 

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