Jason Wilson’s music has been described as “reggae-impressionism”, “jazzy-reggae” or even “post-reggae”. While none of these quite cover it, Wilson’s art is, nevertheless, truly unique; it is a sound where reggae is freely brushed — not strictly detailed — allowing space on the canvass for wildly divergent inspirations to peek through. In essence, Wilson combines reggae with the improvisational sensibility of jazz and then layers it with the storytelling quality of the Scottish folk tradition.
Kailyard Tales marks Swarb’s last studio album, recorded just before he passed away in 2016.
Swarb and Jason Wilson, backed by Wilson’s band and several special guests, continue to explore the intersections of various folk/rebel music of the past 400 years.
The album includes a few self-penned cuts, Sandy Denny‘s ‘It Suits Me Well’, John Dowland’s ‘Say Love If Ever Thou Didst Find’, and the Scottish abduction ballad ‘Eppie Moray’.
Special guests include Martin Carthy, Dick Gaughan, The Battlefield Band’s Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante, and Ian Campbell and his son, UB40’s Ali Campbell (marking the only time father and son sang together on record).
Running against the purists’ convention, Wilson & Swarbrick hope to pick up where they left off with Lion Rampant , an album that was described by English folk music critic Ken Hunt (fRoots) as “Head and shoulders, the most eclectic, catholic and coherent musical banquet of 2014 thus far. Toppling unlikely.”
Similarly, Michael Hunter (Fiddlestix) described Wilson & Swarbrick’s first full-length offering as “predictably high quality, well produced music with intelligently considered arrangements…this music works because it is in exactly the right hands.”
The album will be available on the tour, with an official release date on 12th January 2018.