FOUR STARS for A Larum
There’s nothing “nu” about 24-year-old Londoner Johnny Flynn’s take on folk. Banjos twang, fiddles reel and Flynn sings rustic lines such as, “I’m a plough and you’re a furrow/I’m a fox and you’re a burrow” (on stomping jig “Sally”) in an ancient, careworn voice. Ultra-traditional sounds coming from such a fresh-faced lad could be artful pastiche (he has toured as a Shakespearean actor and appeared at London’s Old Vic theatre after all), yet the emotion he invests in campfire ballads such as “Brown Trout Blues” and “Shore To Shore” is compelling evidence that he means it.
DOWNLOAD: “Brown Trout Blues”