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Bill Booth - Some Distant Shore Album

Bill Booth - Some Distant Shore Album

Performer: Bill Booth
Title: Some Distant Shore
Country: Norway
Catalog Number: WRCD1701
Label: Wheeling Records
Released: 2017
Style: Country
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 028


1Wild Geese4:10
2Raising Cane5:33
3City Of Rubble3:58
4Cliffs Of Dover3:25
5Distant Shore Waltz2:26
6Down I Climb3:59
7Get To You3:27
8Skerry Reel3:19
9Molly McKeen3:45
10Home Is On The Road4:38


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Reviews (2)
‘Some Distant Shore’ Bill Booth - Americana folk rock, observational poetry and Celtic-influenced narrative
Folk Words (June 29, 2017)

The musical menu created by Bill Booth has been on my radar for many years. And in all that time his mix of Americana folk rock, observational poetry and Celtic-influenced narrative has never Bill Booth Some Distant Shorewavered in its all absorbing attraction. The latest incarnation of expression comes with a new album ‘Some Distant Shore’ due for UK release on July 31, 2017. Returning towards the influences of New England’s folk roots ‘Some Distant Shore’ pulls together inspirations from its mixture of Irish, English and Scottish immigration, to create an album inspired musically and lyrically by those powerful enduring roots.

The songs tell tales and record experiences they take the listener to places that Booth knows so well. That knowledge is shared through the ten tracks on this album, each one a small tribute to the inspiration that became their genesis. From the tribute to those men that left their native land with ‘Wild Geese’ through the deep-seated longing for another world in ‘Cliffs of Dover’ to the lonely call of the working man in ‘Down I Climb’, this is raw, revealing music; you will find reflective honesty in ‘Molly McKeen’, accusations and sorrow in ‘City of Rubble’ and stark reality in ‘Raising Cane’.

‘Some Distant Shore’ features Bill Booth (vocals, guitar, mandolin, fiddle) Alexander Pettersen, (drums, percussion) Bill Troiani (bass, backing vocal) Paul Mckernan (uillean pipes, flute) Egoan Olsen (backing vocal) Paul Kirby (banjo, backing vocals) and Eddy ‘Knerten’ Lyshaug (accordion).

With “Some Distant Shore,” Bill Booth illustrates the depth of his character, with a hearty mix of acoustic rock, Americana and Celtic-inspired folk.
The roots-rock artist who has been described as “a Mark Knopfler with fiddle and accordion,” has also been likened to J.J. Cale, Dylan, Springsteen and Tony Joe White.
With “Some Distant Shore” he returns to some of the folk roots of his native New England, with it’s long history of Irish, English and Scottish immigration, to create an album which draws its musical and lyrical inspiration from the traditions of the British Isles as well as areas of North America where there is a stronger Celtic influence.
Here on vocals, guitar and fiddle he is joined by, Irishman Paul Mckernan on Uillean pipes and flute, fellow Americans Bill “Billy T.” Troiani and Paul Kirby on bass and banjo, and Norwegians Alexander Pettersen, on drums and Eddy Lyshaug on accordion, creating an understandable blend of Americana, Nordic and Celtic sounds that almost thread-like, provides an insight into how Booth’s journey has formed his distinctive style.
An expatriated American who has been based in Oslo since entering the Norwegian music scene performing on the fiddle with rock legend Åge Alexandersen, he has released five critically well-received solo albums of self-penned songs, and composed for and performed on dozens of releases by other established artists. “Some Distant Shore” is available both on CD as well as in digital stores worldwide.
Bill Booth appears regularly either with his own band or as a solo acoustic performer (guitar and fiddle) at festivals and concert arenas as well as folk clubs and venues in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe and the US.

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