"Handyside delivers melodies that hold, hooks that catch and songs that will stay with you for a long time".
Folkwords album of the month Feb 2016
"A Whaler's Lament", a stupendous number...it deserves a nod in the Best Original Track category at the next Radio 2 awards...Outstanding"
"...subtlety and finesse and a rich vein of melancholy. It’s a flawless piece of folk narrative...Paul Handyside has produced a hauntingly melancholy album using a variety of (mainly) traditional instruments to provide a framework for his marvellous voice; it’s a powerful combination".
"There is a strong, brooding Americana flavour...a rewarding set, good songs well performed"
"Heave away you rolling kings...the folkier Paul Handyside gets the better he sounds...the triumph of the album is "A whaler's lament" which vibrantly leaps from the narrator's seaborne adventures at the turn of the nineteenth century...a highly listenable album...the stand-outs are unmissable"
"Dressed in black from head to toe, Handyside resembled the gaunt figure of Harry Dean Stanton circa Paris, Texas, minus the red baseball cap and pent-up anger, strolling into a dusty middle-of-nowhere town".
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released April 1, 2016
Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Fender Rhodes, harmonium, autoharp, harmonica, percussion
Electric guitar, lap steel, dobro, weissenborn, bass guitar, banjo, percussion
Double bass, melodeon
Produced, engineered and mixed by Rob Tickell
Recorded at The Bothy, Berwick Hill, Northumberland and Unsound Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne
Mastered by Tim Turan at Turan Audio
Photography by Rob Tickell and Paul Handyside. Artwork by Malady Graphics and PJ White
All songs written by Paul Handyside paulhandyside.com