Any visitors to this site who live in or visit London regularly may already be familiar with Terry St.Clair's music as he busks in Covent Garden: outside the London Transport Museum during the day at weekend; and I've also seen him up by the Rock Garden on a Wednesday evening. His blend of strong folky blues music comes across on the CD in a fashion true to his live performance, although naturally, there's nothing like seeing music live. His style reminds me greatly of Ralph McTell, at least his 'Ralph, Albert & Sydney' live album, as thats the only one I've got. This is not mild, easy (not-) listening music: between the fire of 'The Night All Hell Broke Out', the cool sadness of 'Different World', and the warm calm of 'The Man Who Understands', this is music which demands your attention. He seems to be a very friendly guy too so go and support him in Covent Garden, buy his CD, or go to the website listed below.
benjamin sanguine 23/04/01
It is very heartening at the end of the 20th Century to discover that a singer/songwriter of the calibre of Terry St.Clair can still be found in a musical world which seems to value loud tuneless junk and amateurism above melodic tunes and the long established art of the seasoned troubadour.
Folk Roots Magazine
Terry St.Clair:- Intelligent & emotive acoustic songs performed with style and assurance. He is a thoughtful and classy singer, guitarist and songwriter. His most recent album 'Basically...Terry St.Clair' is certainly worth a listen.
TIME OUT Magazine
Terry and Kim called in at the Troubadour the night Dave Cousins and Brian Willoughby of the Strawbs. During their break Terry was called upon to play a couple of songs. This turned into eight or nine as they had disappeared to the nearest pub.
Terry St.Clair (who played at the Troubadour on 23 Jan) was up for two or three, but which with Dave and Brian's continuing absence became 8 or 9!!! A singer capable of various styles (I thought some of his stuff was very like Jonathan Kelly, whose music I very much enjoyed) Terry kept us well entertained, each song interspersed with increasingly desperate reassurances that Dave and Brian would be back soon. For me the highlights were his first song "The Hardest Part", "Next To Me" and his closer, a medley of the Davy Graham standard "Anji", linked with hardy perennial "Hesitation Blues" (which Mike Bosencat had also played, but that was so long ago nobody minded!). I spoke with Terry after the show, and there is a CD on Road Goes On Forever in the offing.
For a full review of this evening go to http://www.strawpage.ndirect.co.uk./f_news.htm
COUSINS & WILLOUGHBY: TROUBADOUR
13 FEB. 98
(WITH TERRY ST.CLAIR)
Review by Dick Greener Strawbs Web