Last Call Ian Smith

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Album-Release:
2019

HRA-Release:
19.09.2019

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  • 1When It Snows in N.Y. City02:46
  • 2Restless Heart03:04
  • 3Lady Overlander04:25
  • 4Last Call03:31
  • 5The Come and Go04:14
  • 6Missin' Trains03:31
  • 7Guitar Doodle - 12/2003:44
  • 8Arabica Blues03:25
  • 9Pablo's Eyes03:49
  • 10Runaway Train03:44
  • 11Sittin' on Top of the World03:02
  • 12Voice on the Phone03:32
  • 13Keadue Strand03:41
  • 14The Smallest Step04:00
  • Total Runtime50:28

Info for Last Call



The newest addition to the Stockfisch Records stable is an old hand in the business: Ian Smith - an excellent guitarist, singer and songwriter with Scottish roots from the "Keadue Strand" in Donegal/Ireland, as mentioned in the song of the same name.

He's been in the business - and on the road - for over 30 years and the album "Last Call" marks his first production for the Northeim sound-specialists.

Already the wonderful opener "When It Snows In New York City" envelops the listener in folksy sounds, which cannot - and in now way try to - deny the influence of James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, and which equally in no way need to shy the comparison.

His succinct voice paired with his excellent guitar-playing (a sample of which we hear in the instrumental "Guitar Doodle - 12/20"), the superlative recording and the finely-tuned fitting instrumentation in the sublime arrangements make this album with its fourteen songs into something very special. The songs subtly work their way into our ears and we cannot help but sit back and enjoy this special listening experience - oblivious to the bustle of everyday life for an hour at least.

Whether he sings about street kids in South America (Pablo's Eyes) or tells a dramatic tale about the American gold rush (Lady Overlander) or contemplates the problems of the world over a cup of coffee (Arabica Blues), Ian Smith is a storyteller par excellence and as such fits wonderfully into the meticulously chosen musicians portfolio of Stockfish Records.

As well as the celebrated 2005 Grammy-winning American musician Tim O'Brien, who as Ian Smith's personal "special guest" contributed backing vocals, mandolin and guitar tracks, we also experience the supportive musicianship of a range of superb musician colleagues such as Beo Brockhausen (various wind instruments), Hans-Jorg Maucksch (bass), Jens Kommnick (who played his guitar parts live with Ian Smith in the studio) and Manfred Leuchter (accordion), who have once again lifted the already beautiful song material to a yet higher level.

Ian Smith, vocals, guitar
Jens Kommnick, guitar, bouzouki, Aria octave-bass guitar
Ian Melrose, Manzanita Weissenborn guitar
Lea Morris, background vocals
Manfred Leuchter, accordion
Wolfgang Roggenkamp, hammond B3
Lucile Chaubard, violoncello
Justin Ciuche, violin
Viorel Bindila, oboe
Heinz Lichius, drums
Hans-Jörg Maucksch, fretless bass, upright bass
Beo Brockhausen, soprano saxophone, jew's harp, hulusi, udu
Tim O'Brien, mandolin, guitar, backing vocals



Ian Smith
ein hervorragender Gitarrist, Sänger und Songwriter, mit schottischen Wurzeln, aus "Keadue Strand" in Donegal/Irland, wie im gleichnamigen Song besungen.

Ian ist mit seiner markanten, gefühlvollen Stimme und seinem filigranen Gitarrenspiel ein gefragter Studio- und Bühnenmusiker in der irischen und schottischen Musikszene. In Schottland geboren, lebt und arbeitet er seit über 30 Jahren in Donegal / Irland.

Die Liste der Musiker, mit denen er schon kooperiert und musiziert hat, ist lang und reicht von Paul Brady über die Dixie Chicks bis hin zu der ebenfalls in Donegal beheimateten, international bekannten Band „Altan“, zu deren aktuellem Album er den Song „Carrickfinn“ beigesteuert hat. In Deutschland hat man ihn auf mehreren Irish Folk Festival-Touren mit unterschiedlichen Musikern erleben können, zuletzt mit den „Danceperados of Ireland“. Sein Album „A Celtic Connection“ wurde mehrfach zum Album des Jahres nominiert. Seine neue CD wird Anfang 2019 bei Stockfisch-Records erscheinen.

Seit 2015 ist Ian Smith auch regelmäßig mit Peter Kerlin auf Tour, 2018 traten sie erstmals zusammen während des Venner Folk Frühling auf. Wir freuen uns, ihn nun solo präsentieren zu können.

This album contains no booklet.

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