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ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE   Issue 122, September 2016

PAUL CHERRINGTON
Martin & Me

If you’re a sucker for the sound of a Martin guitar, then you should check this out. Over 14 disparate instrumentals, ranging from Rev’d Gary Davis’s finger-twisting ‘Cincinnati Flow Rag’, to a particularly sensitive rendition of ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’, Paul works out on the Martin M36 that has been his loyal companion for 25 years. Moving through a variety of tunings, all helpfully revealed on the CD liner notes, a highlight has to be his DADGAD blues ‘Night Train Blues’. Martin Carthy probably doesn’t need to lose any sleep, but Paul’s a fine player, and the clarity and analogue quality of the recorded acoustic sound, takes some beating.

Unicorn Magazine   Issue 145

PAUL CHERRINGTON
Martin & Me

Paul is the guitar playing half of Northants-based Cherrington & Ward. This new recording however is a solo affair from Paul, designed to showcase his excellent finger style playing (Martin of course is his cherished M36 Martin & Co. guitar!). Anyone that knows me will be aware that I love an instrumental guitar CD - I'm no expert in alternatively tuned finger picking of course, but I know what I like! The 14 tracks on this CD are a truly varied mix of styles - some of Paul's originals (which I liked best, to be honest) plus a few arrangements of traditional and well-known tunes (by the likes of Scott Joplin, the Rev Gary Davies et al) thrown in for good measure. There is even a Christmas Carol on there! The recording quality is excellent, and the notes ring out clearly and true. I like the very natural style of the playing and album sound - lovers of this style of music should check out his website for more details and to buy the album, www.cherringtonandward.co.uk | CB

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