“A Bristolian who has served his time with the Blue Aeroplanes, McCrindle’s debut is a wry, unfussy album of acoustic Americana somewhere between Roger McGuinn and the backwoods gothic of Jim White that ‘examines the relationship between family life and personal fulfilment’. It’s full of optimistic charm, bittersweet compromise and a warm tribute to his family. The songwriting is solid throughout. ‘Only One Road’ is sinewy and simple, others like ‘Work of Art’ are embellished with discreet African percussion, strings and a hotly cross small child demanding that dad puts down his guitar. It’s a measure of his skill that ‘Children’, a heartfelt tribute to new priorities (“Goodbye rock and roll”) avoids being either twee or mawkish and instead is touching. He’s a big softy, really.” Venue magazine, Bristol, U.K. – December 2007.
Shaun has fronted a number of bands in Bristol, England and has played guitar with Ninja Tunes artist, John Matthias, as well as the Blue Aeroplanes. He has writing credits on albums by both these artists and has also performed live with them at venues such as WOMAD Festival and the Pompidou Centre, in Paris. Shaun has been performing solo (vocal and guitar) the past few years, supporting artists such as Roy Harper, Blurt and the Blue Aeroplanes. He is currently recording his second album, with Paul Wigens (https://www.tradebit.com
and is also attending the M.A. Songwriting course at Bath Spa University.
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