Pamela Morgan

Play On (Headway)

This is a re-emergence for Morgan as a songwriter. It’s the first album of mostly originals by the former Figgy Duff lead singer in a decade. Recorded in the UK and Newfoundland, Play On has more than a dozen musicians stepping in and out. Jim Bennion’s guitar is a dead ringer for Mark Knopfler on “A Hundred Miles,” an upbeat number that provides needed contrast, as does a playful “The Frog Prince” from the Brothers Grimm. Morgan’s ballads mix with those of another era like reeds among blades of grass. “All the Pretty Flowers” combines reel, jig and spoken lament for the Rock’s lost fishery and outports. Morgan’s muse percolates slowly, but has brought back a vital voice in east coast music.

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