AND HERE'S WHAT THE PRESS HAD TO SAY..
TIMBERJACK LEAPS OUT OF THE WOODWORK
John "Timberjack" Donoghue seems to me to be the forgotten man of the New Zealand music scene.
Which is a damned shame because he has
much to offer and more, than any other song writer/performer in the Country.
I've probably been as guilty as anyone in failing to disperse the good word about the man and his talents and for
that I'm sorry.
I've often said that John Hanlon is the best we have and it's not to decry his efforts that I now move into the Donoghue camp.
He's a man who feels passionately about the state of our world and the quality of life therein, for example, but he gets the message across without preaching - simply, but still with a tremendous sincerity.
An earlier album, "Spirit of Pelorus Jack," deservedly took awards some years ago, and with any luck, Donoghue will now get even more wide-spread attention.
Donoghue's efforts apart, backing band "Redeye" does a superb job.
Tom Swainsen (Drums) Frits Stigter (Bass) Bob Smith (Pianos) John O'Connor (Guitar) and Denis Mason (Saxophone)
do everything just right.
As well there's Julian Lee on Fluglehorn, Mellotron and Accordion, and the Yandall Sisters doing the vocal backing.
They make an immediate impact from the first track, "Insurance Man," a song that moves along so well that some of the essentual morbidness of the message is lost.
for County Gaul" is as good an example of Donoghue-type protest as any. As an admonition to France and her Nuclear aspirations he warns; "..You can't take Mother Nature, and spit in her face, without being damned..."
There's not a bad track on the album and only one thing that puzzles,
who's that reciting lines from the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" near the end of "Sea of Dreams?"
Not to worry that I don't know, but Donoghue and Producer Terence O'Neil-Joyce have done something we can all be proud of.
done men, and ladies..!
Review by Graham Ingram
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