Dave Keir | Uneasy Listening

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Uneasy Listening

by Dave Keir

Original Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Songs
Genre: Folk: Scottish Contemporary
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1. The Year of the Sheep
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2. How Well
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3. Po Faced
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4. I Don't Think So
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5. Living Is Easy
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6. Pandora
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7. One for Julie (My Lucky Stars)
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8. The Little Tinker
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9. Better Now
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10. The Outfidel
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11. The Hooligan
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12. Ice On Fire
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13. Easy Strong and Free
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14. Hootenanny
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15. Yes I’m Only Guessing
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
From the CD booklet:

I try to avoid having “background music” in my life because wherever and whenever music is played, I am compelled to listen. I can't read a book if music pours from a nearby radio. I can't focus on someone’s conversation while a record is playing. Work on a computer with an MP3 player plugged into my ears is impossible. Finally, I resist the persistent efforts of the “easy listening” that pervades restaurants, hotel elevators, clothing stores and railway station restrooms to manipulate my mood. Yes, in respect to all of these I will henceforth feign deafness and scowl in defiance!

In contrast, jostling for your attention herein are some reflections on the Highland Clearances in Scotland in the 18th century, insomnia and the consequent imaginary enumeration of sheep, an aspiration to a moonlit elopement, deeds of impish devilry, dazzling daylight and Dionysian revels, husbandry and parenthood, loves won, lost, aborted, discarded and half-remembered, gods invented or merely imagined, and the mantras of self-help gurus.

None of which I trust, dear friend, will assault our ears as we push our trolleys around the supermarket isles.

Dave Keir
Bridge Of Canny
October 2008


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Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange Review (March 2009)
Right off the bat, Dave Keir is a helluva fingerpicker, dazzling not only in his dexterity but also for moody arrangements. [...] The entire CD, 15 cuts, is a long disc that pulls you in for the entire ride, the vehicle is just Keir and a guitar.

The composer, it becomes evident in the liner notes, is a misfit who must heed the muse at every given opportunity, and the dense nature of "The Year of the Sheep" gives that away, a constant interlock of swirling guitar lines and vocally leashed anger. "How Well" follows and gently pulls the listener down into a calmer place but not a more reassuring one. All "Uneasy Listening" is a moody set of pensees on, as Keir puts it, "aspirations to moonlit elopements"; "loves lost, won, aborted, discarded, and remembered"; "gods invented or merely imagined"; and a miscellany of odd subjects.

The CD is intimate but rarely cozy, in a form of exposition that saw emergence in the 70s, when a plethora of LPs issued—personal, creative, offbeat, and specialized, albums designed to present idiosyncratic modes for listeners athirst for non-market products, artistic materials that explored the byways of thought and emotion. [...]

© Mark S. Tucker (www.acousticmusic.com/fame)

Minor 7th

Minor 7th Review (March 2009)
Acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Dave Keir offers up a thoughtful and literate mix of compositions on "Uneasy Listening." Keir, an engaging Britisher who experienced some success in the 1970s recording and touring in Europe, took a decade or two holiday from the business before getting his feet wet again with this 15-track collection of provoking originals. A student of life, he sings the truth with an earnest rasp; you just know he’d be gold in a pub while sharing a pint or two. He’d no doubt share tales and observations aplenty, as he does here. His liner notes say as much about the teller as they do about the tales: reflections on "insomnia and the consequent imaginary enumeration of sheep, an aspiration to a moonlit elopement, deeds of impish devilry, dazzling daylight and Dionysian revels, husbandry and parenthood, loves won, lost, aborted, discarded and remembered, gods invented or merely imagined, and the mantras of self-help gurus." Particularly memorable tracks include "Ice On Fire" and "Yes I’m Only Guessing."

© Fred Kraus (www.minor7th.com)