In the by gone years of the late sixties and early seventies, there was quite a few bands that would fit in the style the Elders play today. Such bands as The Strawbs and The Albion Band, yet The Elders are not copycats. They are mixing old English folk rock with a bit of pop and lots of Celtic music blended into a sound of their own.
The compact disc begins with Building a Boat with its classic Irish jig sound mixed with the English Folk rock of the late sixties and seventies. The track reminds one of the Strawbs massive hit Lay Down with a hint of Fairport Convention. The Elders next track Station Number 9 rocks it up in the beginning while never losing site of their vision of music by blending of the various styles they employ. Forever Friend has a bit more of country air to it; the track is firmly rooted in traditional music and has a warm blend of all the various styles into a familiar earthy roots sound.
The title track is next, Wanderin’ Life and Time captures the myriad styles with its easygoing vocal and fiddle combination. Celtic, English Folk Rock, Country, Bluegrass are all blended in to a song that will get your feet bouncing and your mind wondering about things.
Please Come Home is pure Celtic; beautifully sung with haunting lyrics and warm musical accompaniment. Music you would hear in the pubs around Ireland perhaps at the turn of the century. It has a familiar sound that brings to mind the classic song Wild Mountain Thyme.
Not as beautiful as the haunting Sandy Denny vocals on Wild Mountain Thyme, it is still a superbly written and performed song.
The band has the ability to mix and blend styles; the track Appalachian Paddy does a fine job of meshing all of these different genres and coming out with something that is simply The Elders sound. Common Man achieves this feat as well. As does Seven Years, which is a folk song with rock beat, a bit to Celtic for anything Dylan has done, yet it has a feel of some of the early Dylan electric music. The sweet harmonies on Seven Years are reminiscent of the soaring harmonies though out the release and bring Seven Years to life.
The song What a House We Could Build is the rock and roll side of the Elders, with its jangling guitars and rocking drumbeat it never strays to far from its roots. The next track, Orange Plank Road is a traditional roots track that uses the imagery of the civil war from the northern point of view to tell the story. Being from the south it was interesting and stirred haunting memories of talks with grandfather about his father who was one of the rebels spoken of in the song.
The release ends with a wailing upbeat track that has more in common with American Country Rock of the late sixties and early seventies. Whiskey on the Fire is Outlaw Country, Red Dirt, Alt Country and its lights a fire in your musical soul that finds you drawn to the wisdom of The Elders.