Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Traditional and neo-traditional folk
Most recent release, Old Songs & Airs for New Smiles (compilation, 2000)
Somewhat like John Renbourn, whom he has played with, there's something like Martin Carthy, June Tabor and the acoustic side of Richard Thompson in his mournful vocals
Own and traditional material
John Molineux is a fine musician and as well has an affecting yet unaffected voice. His takes on traditional and traditionally inspired music are simply emotive, replying on clarity and simplicity for their considerable power. I love this style of music, and John Molineux does it exceptionally well. Lovers of his colleague, John Renbourn, would do well to track John Molineux's music down. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
John Molineux—Appalachian dulcimer, electric dulcimer, dulcichord, violin, flute, recorders, tin whistle, guitar, vocals
Dan Ar Bras—electric guitar (18)
This is a CD compilation from Molineux's first two albums, Douce-Amère and Spice of Life. Molineux's musicianship is especially fine—precise, clear, evocative—as are his vocals. The many instrumentals are both lovely and lively, and the songs mournful and gorgeous. "Rosemary Lane" gives me shivers, and I particularly like Molineux's setting of Shelley's poem "Love's Philosophy". "Sleep Down", a song with Molineux's lyrics set to a traditional Breton tune, feels beautifully authentic and especially evocative and heartbreaking. "Black Wings" is a lovely romantic tune. "Tommy's Boots", another song with Molineaux's words set to a traditional tune, is a delightful story song. Both "1745" and "Tall Tales" are strong protests against the wastage of war and end the collection on a mournful tone with a hopeful, redemptive note at the very last, the final words asserting that "Love has won the play."
John Molineux appears on John Renbourn's albums, The Enchanted Garden and Live in America
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