Davey&Dyer Dynamite Quay

Released Summer 2018

Reviews

The album in question is Dynamite Quay by Cornish duo Davey & Dyer, members of, to complete the alliteration, Dalla the supergroup of Cornish Celtic music. Neil Davey, who plays bouzouki and fiddle, has been around since the seventies when he was part of the revival of Cornish traditional music. Jen Dyer is also steeped in the tradition and provides an interesting sound, not often heard in traditional music, by the viola. Interesting as its tone rises to that of the fiddle but has that extra depth and, to my mind, a much more tangible quality.

 

Dynamite Quay is packed from start to finish with dance tunes and whilst the dance names – Kabm Pemp, Hanter Jowster, Kabm Dew – may mean little outside the circle of Cornish dancers, there is no mistaking their bright air such as in Karol Korev, or their lilting sway as heard in The Holy Well/Elsie’s Harmonium.

 

I am fascinated to see, or rather hear, how tunes are tied together, linking themes and melodies that can run from one into another and back again. Mexico Towans/Tros An Tres/Dynamite Quay works so well this way as does Bibberly Town/Ella Grace.

Dance tunes are always good value to listen to. They lift you up, get you moving even if only on the inside. A musical version of laughter is the best medicine. Maybe a personal view, perhaps from the frustrated dancer in me who, in reality, is with an awful combination of teacher-dancing and Dad-dancing – just ask my daughter. Need I say more. Despite this, the one that really gets me going here is An Lano/Cornish Girls. This polka sets off at a cracking pace and one that I can only dance to in my mind (I never could get that rhythm right) and just as I get into it there are words in my head – about a young girl in Kent who was out gathering nuts and got seduced by the farmer’s singing. What a small world for a tune that was known in St Neots in the 1800’s. Well, whatever, it is excellent.

We did not get to the end of the CD in our journey to Suffolk. Not because we sped along very fast, but something interrupted the flow though clearly of little importance as the reason cannot be recalled. In some ways this was a good thing as although it was well into September, we were off on our ‘summer holiday’ and the wistful final track Now The Summer is Over waited for a later hearing.

 

At that later hearing, it wraps up this wonderful parcel of tunes that defy the listener to remain still and not to travel through the emotions and through the geography of the place even in the mind’s eye. There is a particular something about Cornish (and Breton) Celtic music that has drawn me in for many years. I am not sure if I can find the right words, but I know that Davey & Dyer have it and the music speaks volumes.

'steeped in the tradition'
'packed from start to finish'
'no mistaking their bright air...or lilting sway'
'a musical version of laughter'
'polka sets off at a cracking pace'
'wonderful parcel of tunes'
'travel through the emotions and through the geography of the place'
'I am not sure if I can find the right words, but I know that Davey&Dyer have it and the music speaks volumes.' 

00:08:41 – Davey & Dyer – Not Too Young To Marry Yet

With the UK Government having concerns about sport drinks containing sugar and caffeine maybe this is the healthy replacement. Wake up to this in the morning and you won’t need that caffeine/sugar boost. Taken from Neil Davey and Jen Dyer’s new EP ‘Dynamite Quay’ – two of the leading proponents of Cornish traditional Celtic music. Gleefully foot-tapping and exhilarating musicianship.

Image: Rachel Lewin

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