JT call Home sorry! Interestingly, the set also includes, at the perfectly reasonable insistence of compiler David Suff, one purely instrumental track Hug Pine emphasising the importance to June of her current accompanists Mark and Huw. The next day, I decided to proactively follow up with the store manager, Eric Roner.
I was at your store today June 16, at 8: This happen in the hallway on the far right side by the area of the plastic utensils. My wife had a similar experience at store in Pittsburgh on Mt.
Royal Blvd in the north hills. She was basically ran out of the store because my kids were playing with merchandise. The cashier cussed at my wife and my kids and then called the cops on her. When trying to resolve this issue with corporate l, I get no where because unfortunately this company does not make it easy to contact their corporate office.
This company is a poor example of a family business. Sorry but Dollar Tree does not use cameras in its stores. Please keep your children under control at all times. That is a lie, the dollar tree I go to has cameras, in fact all of them do have cameras. The store has boxes in isle ways Its had to get around , I walk in the store and it just looks so messy , Not clean and straighten up like it use to be a few months ago.
I cant tell who works their , I finally found a manager and i would never had guessed she worked their due to her Red Miami Shirt she had on … Just seems like their is no set uniform so us as customers know who works their. As an employee of Dollar elsewhere we do have certain clothing we are to wear. But we must wear a DT apron to help signify we are an employee. Roughly once a month we do NOT have to wear a green shirt.
Depending on a holiday, school graduation, football season, etc. Since you saw a Miami shirt it could have been the end of school time and we could wrar school colors. At our store we try to keep the carts and boxes on one side of the isle.
Please bring your own personal shopping cart when you visit next. That would be the best solution to your particular problem. When I got into line to check out, the cashiers light was on showing the aisle was open and I was the 3rd customer in line.
A manager came to the counter to address a customers inquiry, rudely never removing his cell phone from his ear as he spoke to her. As the customer left, the man stood at the front of the store, still cell phone to ear, and shouted that aisle 5 was open. At this point I have already unloaded my cart on the conveyor belt and there is a line of customers behind me. The man, still cell phone to ear continues to shout to move to aisle 5.
Everyone behind me complied and moved over, but I did not. I am now the second person in line, again my cart was already unloaded. My 5 year old son even asked me why the man keep yelling for us to move. I turned advised my cart was already unloaded and I was fine to check out on this aisle. The man continued to stand behind me the entire time I checked out, still cell phone to ear, and followed me all the way through the aisle.
This experience was absolutely ridiculous. It was completely rude and unprofessional. I have never before had a bad experience in this store, but it really bothered me to be treated in such a manner, in front of my children, over something as simple as wanting to check out where I was already set to do so.
Life is too short to become so filled with anxiety over such a minor inconvenience. Your son would have benefited immensely if you had modeled maturity and patience for him i this experience. Your advice was rude. Store on Magnolia in Corona, CA. Does anybody at the top care????? Ive been shopping at Store for about four months.
Which I took as a joke. Then again another time she kept getting louder and louder. I thinking about getting a lawyer and sue for character assasination. Even the employees witnessed it. There was no cause for that I paid for everything I got and never stole nothing from you guys. What you guys going to do about that? The only thing assassinated here is the English language. Please get spellchecker and more education. I would like to thank you for bringing a Dollar Tree store to our location.
I purchase all my greeting cards from your store. I also enjoy the inexpensive seasonal items your store has. However, each time I go into your Jefferson City store I come out shaking my head. I was wondering how long the refrigerated items had been sitting out before they actually were placed in the refrigeration unit. Today there were two checkers. The other line has 6 customers waiting to get out of the store. There was a manager in the office and she was yelling to the clerk about scheduling.
She walked out of that office and outside the front of the store for a smoke. I know good help is hard to find these days. Someone needs to be there to direct duties. Please do something about cleaning up this store location. The Dollar Tree we shop at also has aisles crowded with boxes and carts…perhaps it has something to do with the corporate expectations that employees should be able to stock 45 cases of items in 1 hour, while also having to check customers out.
As an employee of DT but not the lication above, freight can only be put on the shelves from when the store opens until 5pm. Corporate says at 5: Yes you are right about having to get so many cases out in those 8 hours. We try to keep our freight to one side of the isle. We also ask our customers if we can help them find something or move our cart out of their way.
Hi, for starters I come to dollar tree weekly and to be treated like crap on my visit on Saturday may 20, at 2: I stand in line at register 1 for 20 minutes just to be told when there is only 1 other person ahead of me that I have to go to another line. And the other line us backed all the way down the usle. Other customers are complaining. I will think long and hard about coming back. Jennifer, if you were served in less than 1 hour you are a blessed woman indeed.
In my country we wait all day to buy sugar and when it is finally our turn we are told that the store is closed and there are no sacks of sugar left.
If we are lucky enough to find sugar, we spend 3 days pay for a small sack and we are thankful even though it is likely we will be robbed by the street kids on the way to our cardboard home. Count yourself among the privileged of the world if you are able to comment here on your own computer.
Your new store in White Plains, New York is always in shambles. Merchandise out of stock. Items strewn about all over the floor and messed up on the shelves. This location needs attention before it goes insolvent. Miss P May 16, I work for dollar tree distribution, for six months, n I can honestly say human resources is awful, the supervisor r kids that r managing a big distribution center. Forklift operator curse to much, they show favoritism.
U only get one Break out the 8 to 10 hours u r there. The manager r rude n disrespectful. This company need better management, n supervisor that work with people.
Basically dollar tree is run by children. Thank you for your kind words. No one appreciates how hard it is to run a distribution center efficiently. Your inspirational words will be oft repeated in the annals of Dollar Tree history and will result in long-lasting and life-changing impact on our corporate culture. I was purchasing balloons for a company picnic. The cashier was very helpful and nice.
She yelled at me in front of a lot of people. I have written to Dollar Tree and tried to contact them many times with no success. Well, I work for a large company and I have spread the word. That woman was a witch! Going forward even if I have to spend a little more, I will never purchase anything from the store again.
Actually I only have authority over the nearly ecclesiastical jurisdictions in the world. In non-theological realms, you are subject to the rule of your local Dollar Tree assistant manager. I have returned these before last year because I had bought more then I needed. I was furious to say the least!!! Of course they could not comprehend that. The manager got into the computer system and put in my SS. Hope this helps you. On this day the cashiers were too busy talking to one another to speak to customers unless absolutely necessary.
Only the amount due was spoken to the customer — the rest of the time they chatted between the two of them about a restaurant one recently visited and their thoughts on the menu items etc.
And they were NOT quiet about it — talking and laughing loudly without any regard to customers. I shop dollar tree often and have never experienced such poor customer service. I have looked online to contact the corporate office — one like is not operating properly and the other takes you to a diet website.
Good way to not receive complaints I suppose. I did not have a receipt the lady at the cash register said that they do not exchange without a receipt. I asked when did this policy get effective she said it was always there. I asked for the manager and instead of letting me explain to the manager she whispered something and the manager said sorry we cannot exchange. They lost a sale because I was planning to do additional shopping after the exchange.
I am surprised that there was no customer service. Atl east the manager could have said I will exchange it this time but in the future you would need a receipt but instead saw me leave the store. Covering her hands in hand sanitizer the entire time! The girl in front of me told her to stop talking cause she was just making it worse.
This woman has no idea the time, energy, appointments, stress and money that has gone into making Bella better. Thank God my daughter is not old enough to understand whats going on. Such an unapologetic heartless woman. The sweet girl in front of me called corporate because she was livid. I will be doing the same. Sometimes I see children come in and wonder if the parents are actually taking care of their children.
My job is to assist you, the customer, and check you out. Yesterday I had a boy about 8 years old, glasses and a very, very large bump on the side of his head come through my line with his mom. I told him I liked his glasses. I told mom how cute he was. Which both are true. Every person regardless of age or disability are cute in their own way. I wish more people saw it like this. Again I am sorry this happened to the two of you. It was kind of you to say this to her. Thanks for being nice to customers and obviously a rare asset to Dollar Tree.
Store in orlando has the most unprofessional and rude people working for them. I went to check out and tierra did not talk to me and when i checked out she handed me my receipt held it in the air and would not even say thank you. I called the store and talked to the store manager randy and he could not wait to get me off the phone.
No i am sorry that this happened just i will talk to her and then hung up. I am sick of the corp office not fixing this problem. I like shopping at dollar tree but the people are so rude i dont want to go back and be treated like this. I go to family dollar and dollar tree and get treaded better. My experience was the worst by far.. I go to the Kendalville, IN dollar tree.
The employees there are lazy and rude to the customer. Also the celing is dripping water all over the floor and merchandise. There are even holes in the wall that sometimes drop mysterious particles on the ground. Also hear lots of noises from the celieng maybe rats. Also the employee harased me when I told then about the holes and water and said I was banned from the store. Worst experience in my life. Also nothing is ever stocked on the shelf and carts and boxes all over floor.
The Prospect ave location in the South Bronx is horrible. Should not be a reason why every aisle has piles of boxes that has not been unpacked. It makes it hard for people who actually want to spend money in the store, when in all actuality it is Dollar Tree that is suffering because the aisles with products are blocked off and you guys are losing profit.
If you guys are so short on staff ya need to partner up with DYCD so that the youth in the community can work and make some money or have a hiring on spot event.
On top of that there are 2 more dollar trees about 3 blocks away from this location and their store is very clean, and they have low staff. Let me not mention how the phone number on this crappy website doesnt work, the links reroute you to another website not associated with Dollar Tree and the person who runs your twitter social media is horrible. Store Temple Terrace, Florida I was on vacation and while I was on vacation I visited the dollar tree located at Terrace, Florida and while I was checking out, I ask the associate if she ever smiled because the party I was with was making jokes.
The associate continued to argue with me and dropped my change in my hand. I then told her to have a blessed day and left the store. I feel that people are out of work and want to work as well as willing to abide by company regulations of providing good customer service. This young lady needs more training and she needs to learn how to be more respectful to customers.
I thought oh well she could of had a bad day. Being a single mom dollar tree is the perfect store to spend a good amount of money. Well as i was done the woman behind me waited paitiently and dont seem to be bothered by my items. But the cashier seemed to be apoligizing to the customer behind me as if i was a issue and said iam trying to get u out of here to the customer.
I felt it was rude she shouldnt apoligize serving me. Her name was angela and she wore a skirt. Just a concern i have. And how i felt. I went to the Starkville MS location on the same day they had just gotten their truck. I was disgusted to see an employee by the name of Shun getting high outside the premises. I found that very unprofessional. I work for Dollar tree warehouse i been trying to get my taxes by calling the office i.
South windsor ct but they tell me they have nothing to do with taxes. Any information will help. This year couldnt file my taxes because i never recived them. I have recently submitted an application through local stores within our state. Thank you so much. I live in Thomson GA. I went for an interview at 8: I use to work at the Sun City Center dollar tree in sun city fl.
Today I was fired for insubordination, supposedly. Started in August never called out always stay late, get called in never complain. This company is unfair, works you hard for little pay, also when I tried to file my taxes, found out they never took any out. And no one seems to know anything. Working for Dollar tree is almost like working in a sweat shop. Managers are very unprofessional so is the District manager Debbie. Next step an Attorney.
Well I had the same thing happen to me this is my whole discrimination against the company! Well,Jordan dont feel bad i had an interview in Brooklyn, NY and they acted like they had a problem with a educated Black man. You need to check siloam Springs Arkansas store the shelves are empty and it is a dirty store. A manager that can not keep there store clean and know how to order needs to step down.
I am an employee for DT in Ohio. I LOVE working here. They asked me to stay on. Anyway, I hope you got a reply to this. The only one at the stores to interview is the Store Manager. Each store has one Store Manager.
The others are assistant managers. So you can call and ask for the Store Manager for more information. I do not find DT like workingfor a sweatshop. What I find is peoples work ethics arent what they use to be.
However, I refuse to go there anymore. I have complained before, but nothing was ever done about it. There is always a long line of people and one or two cashiers, even though I have seen other employees working there. They will talk to each other though, just not the customers. The worst encounter I had so far was on March 6, I was on my lunch break and needed to run in to get a couple of things. I went into the line where there was a young African American woman who was ringing out another customer.
After she was done she bent down behind the register and I figured she was just getting more shopping bags so I was looking through the gum section. A a couple of minutes past and I looked down and noticed she was crouching behind the register and her head was buried in her arms. I caught the eye of the other cashier and she motioned for me to come over to her line so I went over there.
I suggest that the higher ups either fire all these employees and hire new ones who understand how important good customer service is or have the current ones go under completely new training and keep a strict eye on them to ensure that they are following basic good customer service skills.
Btw, the cashier, whose name I was not permitted to obtain, in 3 verified attempts to speak with the manager, was a middle-aged, somewhat trim physique, black woman, dark hair, with some gray hair at her temples, not too tall, not real short, either.
I have my store receipt. It was about the I was told a lie was perpetuated by the store manager, that I had threatened to have my fiancé go to the store to further take up the matter. I had stated I would have him help me in filing my complaint, as he handles my business matters, as a general rule of thumb.
The employees are very over worked! The district people make sure they get their money and never give them enough employees to work the store. Go to Regancy Square in Tampa and you will see. Regancy is a million dollar store and the employees and managers are treated like shit. They also put up with the public and people today have no respect , people today worry about themselves.
So it the upper people that sit their ass in the chairs and not thinking about their employees as a person. Dollar tree hires people for minimum wage, denies them breaks and most managers work through their lunch time. Classmate is the biggest brand in the notebooks category at an all India level. Classmate has wide range of notebooks for all the age groups of students.
I always thought of Dollar Tree of being the thrill of the hunt. I am truly sorry for anyone that had a bad experience. They are a great company. I feel the same way about the Tequesta, Fl, store in my area.
I was probably her biggest purchaser of all, yesterday. Her manager had to block her from coming after me, not just once, but twice. Worst ever customer service of any store I have ever been to in my entire life! Definitely NOT worthy of any savings one might benefit from at this store!
And to attempt to get physical with a disabled person… are you kidding me?!? How long will my w2 come In if i didnt file electronic. N they said they dnt have any file since I use to work in the new location in Maryland on rolling road , but there is a crack head , I mean a person who is on drugs and the manager seems not to care and we got into it because she speaks to everyone like they are dogs.
I have the local government investigating the store and the drug usage that the assist is envolved in. I feel drug abuse may have played a part in the threat of violence perpetrated against me by a cashier at the local Tequesta, FL, store, yesterday, as no store employee, no friend, neighbor, or family member has ever come at me like the cashier I had at the Dollar Tree, yesterday.
Her indignant, argumentative behavior, while ringing up my items, was not that of an employee in her right mind, who cares to keep her job— without a doubt. I feel she MUST have been on something. Her store manager kept her from getting near enough to me, thankfully, as I am a rather weak and frail disabled older woman. Nonetheless, she still attempted to come at me a second time, believe it or not— with her boss standing right there.
Getting jumped by store personnel is not my idea of a pleasant shopping experience. They can keep their cheap merchandise. This cashier needs to be fired, before her attempts to assault a customer succeeds, one day. One utterly horrid shopping experience, I tell you.
Perry Ohio they were spoiled dat on box was When I took them back store clerk was very rude I was pretty upset my daughter ate a box before we notice they were no good the clerk told me it was just an over look.
Are you not suppose to check the date on food you sale? Very concerned treat like it did not matter! And they just placed a very nice looking, on the outside in our Neighborhood of Inglewood, CA. Well apparently it just opened a month ago and already for the size of the store, there was only 2 employees working.
The aisles were full of merchandise on the floor, stuff that needed to go on the shelves. Almost the entire store in disarray.
In these times that we live in, everything goes on Social Media. So I will be taking pictures and forwarding to the news or social media. So they can see exactly was going on. What is the real issue?? Is it really the hours? Did you not hire good employees to want to pay them, or that you would rather have your store and your company look bad. Speak to the management before you get embarrassed and kick out of our community. I live in the LA area too, and I was just reading the website and trying to write a complaint about the store on Compton Blvd, in the city of Compton.
Unfortunately this person has no good costumer service, besides being rude, she is always chewing gum while attending the register. It is very difficult to try to ignore a rude person when it happens all the time. Really hope Corporate and management can do something about it. There is one associate employed here by the name of Faith Franklin. She is the most pleasant cashier in all of the Dollar Tree stores that I have ever visited.
Always, always a smile and a friendly word. And not to mention, her line moves the fastest! She is radiant and has a passion for what she does. She is truly an asset to The Dollar Tree store. Thank you Faith for your faithful service!! This company will never recognize any employee that work there. Trust me on that I was management for them. They just made a new one in Gloucester City nj. So much better, cleaner and respectable then the neighboring ones.
One in particular that he is always with. Not one but a few occasions. One night my sister had stopped in and said their was a confrontation with the manager and a worker and the manager fired him for pointing out that he was caught and what he was doing with his employee. As he kicked the employee out was completely flustered. If these are the kind of people who have working in your stores, I will take my business else where.
There are so many young girls in the area. I was threatened at Dollar Tree Store by employee Shanita in front of my children. Our exchange was so involved even the other customers were coming to my defense!
She was so angry she told me she would clock out and beat my ass!! All of this happening in front of my children. Luckily the asst manager, Adam was smart enough to defuse this situation, complete the exchange while Shanita continued to rant even threatening to walk off if Adam assisted me.
She needs to be fired. Obviously, no excuse for wanting to beat up a disabled woman because I called her out for her 4 nasty, rude comments, as she complained about everything and anything, from the first minute we began to speak. This cashier was so unbelievable, she must have been on drugs or something. They hung up on me 3 times before I figured it was not an accident, their hanging up.
I needed a gift bag so we went in to browse. While back in the gift bag isle. My daughter finds 4 glittery, foam hearts about the size of a quarter lying on the floor. May I keep them? There were no other glittery hearts around.
I told her that even if it is garbage we still need to ask permission to keep it. After waiting in line for quite a while we get to the register to check out. I tell the young lady that my daughter found these 4 glittery hearts on the floor and want to know if she can have them? She says she has to ask a manager. So she yells across the room to a lady, I later found out to be Tracie, who never even looks up. I calmly told the cashier that that was uncalled for and very rude.
Tracie did not even look up to see what we were asking about. I paid for my gift bag and tissue paper, asked the cashier for the hearts and took them over to Tracie to show her what she had so rudely answered to. She took the hearts from me and said mumbled something comprehendible. I turn to walk out and decide to ask her name. I knock on the door and a young man comes out.
I then go back to Tracie and asked for the hearts that she now thrown into the floor, with other dirt, and garbage! The young man says something about he would take care of it with his deer in headlights look.
When leaving, I had a lady come over to me and tell me that what just happened was uncalled for and just wrong. Here I was trying to teach my 6 year old that you cannot even take garbage without asking and now she is so confused and scared of the mean lady at the Dollar Tree.
This is pitiful, unprofessional, and just sad. I have a long history of customer service experience and this experience takes the cake especially when I was trying to teach my child a moral lesson. Tracie could not take 20 seconds to even see what was being asked about, made snap judgments, and embarrassed a 6 year old for doing the moral and right thing.
Trying to get in contact with an employee Dan Clark… not sure of correct spelling of the name. Regarding employment in New York, U. I live in the Chicago, Lincolnwood area. I am a regular customer and have been shopping at the Dollar Tree on Lincoln and Devon ever since the very first manage opened the store. The store is now struggling because i constantly see new faces. I usually shop in the afternoons and the manager on the night shift has no idea how to handle situations or assist the customers.
She does not even bother to ask if i need help like the other assistants do or show me where a product is placed.
Please get better staff. If you file online and enter in dollar tree and I think their employor id number your W2 will come up automatically. The one thing I love about dollar tree. The managment staff is making the first job experiance horrible for my son. Asking him to work off the clock and changing the work schedule with out notice, several times he was called in to work, mangment stated it was a change and he was not notified properly.
He has taken pictures of the schedule and this happens on a constantly. Management also have him coming just to 2hrs only. He was threaten to be fired if he did not come in once, due to being very ill. My son has came in on several occasions at the drop of hat to come to work, when it is needed.
I have told my son to get and employee handbook, none has been given to him, also he has no idea how to visibly see his paystubs. If this managment does not start applying correct labor laws. Broadway Plaza Revere, MA. Brookhurst Center Anaheim, CA. Camden Square Dover, DE.
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His website gives a little background information about the man, ' Associate Baseball Scout for a major league baseball team, Capitol Hill spin doctor, award-winning poet, practicing lawyer Jeff Talmadge is a man of multiple talents and many hats. The Spinning World is an album of polished songs which I've found easy to play again and again and hard to chose a favourite from.
Care and craftsmanship are evident throughout - the lyrics are sharp and insightful, wry and witty, the musicianship with the assistance of Stephen Bruton on slide guitar, mandolin and mandola is excellent and on the twangy side of folk, and the backing vocals from Iain Matthews and Eliza Gilkyson are a joy.
Throughout the collection of eleven songs the professional production by Bradley Kopp is bright, full and warm with acoustic guitars, gentle bass and percussion, strings cello and violin and touches of accordion and harmonica. His latest release, Bad Tattoo, which I've yet to hear, brings back several players from The Spinning World plus and she's always a ' plus ' Annie Gallup on backup vocals.
Want to hear more? You may download soundclips from his website before clicking on to Amazon. We may live in a spinning world but Jeff Talmadge's albums are for those important ' time out ' moments - lay back and enjoy!
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Their name "Tamikrest" is Tamashek the Touareg language for "union" and "knot" - a symbol for the desert, language and culture which unifies and binds them. And unified they are. A western band might be considered "tight" but Tamikrest are another thing entirely. The slow-paced caravan of bass-driven rhythms, electric guitars, tunes layered with claps and harmonies punctuated by the ululation of female backing singers and even echoes of the Eagles and a few reggae beats , become trance-like.
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John Tams rocks - oh, yes he does! You don't believe me? You think he's all songs of desolation, Napoleonic adventure and industrial turmoil? Think again, my friend. Just as it was surprising to realize that Unity , the album before this, was Tams' first solo outing, it's still a little shocking that, with more than 30 years' experience and a hand or two in at least one of folk-rock's seminal albums, Home is only the second collection to carry the Tams monicker.
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The song has a bleak beauty that's hard to ignore. In The ballroom , Tams slips into his pumps for the first of two songs marking the lure of the dance. Littered with characters looking for something they'll not find in this palais de danse, the song's filled with a sadness not entirely bereft of hope.
Dunn again shines, initially on piano accordion and then with a delicious Hammond organ pattern filling the latter half of the song. Red gown starts with Tams' acoustic guitar and vocals, and the organ, this time played by Barry Coope, before Taylor lets rip with a perfectly measured lead break. Unlike The ballroom , the lyric is filled with the excitement and expectation of an evening's fun: But it's historical ballads at which Tams excels and Home has a belter right at its heart.
She was an angel all in my eye, which made me from my colours to fly". He is eventually betrayed, court martialled and executed with a timely warning to all young men who fall in love. Other top-notch tracks on a top-notch album are: Right on time - Tams solo with his acoustic guitar - The traveller and Bound east for Cardiff.
It may say John Tams on the front of the package but due credit must go to his fellow players, each of whom more than earns his crust here. In addition to the already mentioned Taylor, Dunn, Angel and Coope, Andy Seward 's bass is bang on the money throughout.
Home is an album that reveals new treasures with each play. It's a natural progression, and a more than worthy follow-up, to Unity and it's stating the obvious to say that any who enjoyed Tams' first album will love this. JT call Home sorry! Music Of The Good Hope T2 The recent National Theatre production of the play The Good Hope , relocating the tale in Whitby, provided the vehicle for a new musical collaboration between Messrs Tams and Taylor reunited in an echo of former Home Service and Albion Band glories , providing a telling 17 minutes' worth of soundtrack that's recorded here.
They've roped in the talents of Chris Coe, Alan Dunn, Charlie Hart and Clare Taylor; Chris Coe's is certainly the dominant presence, contributing some extraordinary vocals, hammer dulcimer and even some clogging! Personally, I could easily have done with three times as much music, but the absorbing and riveting nature of what there is proves a sufficiently poignant and effective tribute to the fishing communities around the tragedies of which the play is based.
Named for a favourite hiking spot in the Adirondacks region of northern New York state, this is the new project by Mike Ferrio, the former frontman of Tandy which came to an end with the death of multi-instrumentalist fellow member Drew Glackin. Deciding to start over rather than continue without Glackin's integral input, Ferrio assembled a collective of musicians who played with names such as The Silos, Ron Sexsmith and the Guthries plus violinist Eleanor Whitmore to put together what he describes as 'an artistic project for a lost friend.
Recorded live on vintage analogue equipment, the songs inevitably deal with the big issues of death, friendship, life and love, the music embracing elements of soul, rock, folk, gospel, and Americana with instrumentation that includes organ, horns, harp, strings and, notably on the wide open prairie skies ambience of More Than A Feeling no, not that one , harmonica.
With tracks clocking in between two and a half and six and a half minutes, it's clearly a work born of great personal emotion, Ferrio's dusty timbre leaking wistful reminiscence and sadness but also, as with the uptempo The Seven Sisters, alight with hope.
Lyrically there's much religious imagery alongside that of mortality and transience with, as on the sparsely arranged The Perfect Circle with its otherwordly background ambience, calls to make the most of the 'diamond days', before 'your deal goes down. One to let wash over you as things like Requiem For Andrew, On Faith and Heaven In The Haze with its gospel choir seep into the soul, it's both a poignant, reflective elegy and the birth of a new future. You know you're good when such an august figure as Steve Earle is in your corner.
Just how good is demonstrated by the fact that yours is the first music he featured on his radio show. Rarely has a set of songs contained such an impact and achieved it so deftly. Both albums - initially a limited release on Yellow Slipper records - refuse to take the easy route of wave after wave of trite, clichéd lyric and catchy melody, the effects are much more subtle.
Tandy draws you into an intimate and personal world until you're not so much a listener as a welcome confidant. Ferrio's voice sits squarely in the middle of some gossamer delicate melodies and, throughout both albums, tracks build thoughtful layer upon thoughtful layer until they become utterly irresistible.
Ferrio is joined on his endeavours by kindred spirits Ana Ege and Malcolm Holcombe. While both Ege and Holcombe are talented musicians, it's the combined spirit and determination of the three to cosset and comfort the music that provide the albums true delights. Tandy may not shout from the rooftops but its music is deafening in what it has to say. Ferrio and co display an unerring accuracy in getting to the root of every note and word, there is not a wasted second on either album.
Musicians like Ferrio, Ege and Holcombe don't deserve labeling, leave that cheap trick for lesser talents. Two for the price of one - with a bonus track on each! There's two ways of looking at this. Either Tandy's publicist is pursuing the 'less is more' line of thinking or the band prefers to let its music do the talking because biographical details are scarce.
The other members of the band are: Whether they are roots rockers, rock n rollers or something completely different, I'm A Werewolf hits with the force of an express train. A malevolent harmonica stalks it, like some unseen predator in the night, you can almost taste the fear. If you have a gravelly singing voice and write the kind of deep, dark songs that fit that voice perfectly, then there are certain people you must expect to be compared to.
Tom Waits is one, Tom Ovans and Warren Zevon are a couple of others and Ferrio slots right in with them, however this is an album that has as much light as shade. Without cooling the white-hot intensity of the rock 'n' roll, the album moves into Bait. To describe it as 'lighter' would be wrong but it's certainly airier than its predecessor. Listening to Tandy is akin to being caught in a vice-like grip, even if you wanted to escape there's no chance.
All you can do is sit tight and listen intently, the effort is rewarded by the tender Evensong. After the maelstrom to hear a heart being poured out is a startling moment. It's brought into even starker relief by the almost operatic feel to Misery Boys, a song of distinct parts - neither the lyrics nor the melody are there merely to support each other - which come together to produce a much grander whole.
Singer-songwriter Mike Ferrio is occasionally joined by Ana Egge, their duets creating the sense that he's Gram, and she's you-know-who! Incidentally, in terms of packaging this CD ought to be regarded as the benchmark against which all self-released albums are judged. The package includes a lyric booklet, sticker, personally signed band photograph and the video for Girls Like Us - all mightily impressive for a release limited to a mere five hundred copies. This would, of course, matter not a jot were the music not so captivating.
To A Friend is an album as intimate as it's title suggests, a mature, crafted meditation on the past, which is destined for 'buried treasure' status in the future.
Tandy - The Lowdown Gammon Fronted by gifted songwriter Mike Ferrio who has a voice somewhere between John Prine and Steve Earle, the New York quartet have been making the rounds now for some six years, totting up three self released albums along the way. With a rising awareness of their brand of Americana and now signed to a proper label, they've taken the opportunity of gathering together the best of the old tracks with a couple of new numbers for good measure.
The presence of tabla on Becky California is indication that they're prepared to explore beyond the usual roots rock fence without sacrificing their distinctive rural mood, and if more recent numbers such as The Truth Is Better Than A Lie or the Byrdsian pedal steel driven Sister Golden Hair are stripped down, the more musically fleshed out likes of The District Doctor, Shine and Ted are no less convincing testimony to the band's keening charms.
Their Lichtenstein's Oriole album pricked up ears when they played the UK a few years back, and it's good to revisit their lollopping bluesy collaboration with the late Dave Von Ronk on Lorna and be reminded of the Steve Earley I Signed A Circle and the simple but complex storytelling childhood reminiscences of Pictures of China. Tandy's latest album ' Lichtenstein's Oriole ' is an ornithologist's delight: Artwork out of the way, the music is pure joy: The album drives along with acoustic and electric guitars from Ferrio and Jay Sherman-Godfrey, aided by Dobro and lap steel from session man David Hamburger, fiddle from Miss Darlene, Sibel Firat's cello, cajun accordion from Charlie Giardano and Ferrio's harmonica.
It's a fine, fine album with hidden depths and secrets beneath the instant pop appeal. At the Bar Club and a pub gig, Rosie O'Grady's in Camden, in May, they produced as perfect a sound as a band can make, even with a slightly changed line-up, without losing any of the vitality or magic of the album.
Maybe it's the other way round - the album perfectly captures the ' live ' Tandy. Well, the album was mostly recorded ' live ' in the studio and they have at least three elements working perfectly together in both album and ' live ': Tom McCrum's acoustic sticks drumming on tour he used just brushes and acoustic sticks on snare and never missed a beat. Virginian Miss Darlene's fiddle was a smoothly mellifluous constant. Mike Ferrio controlled the whole with his songs: Language can be percussive in its own right; here the words roll rhythmically along, as much an instrument as his harmonica.
And there were no jokes or wisecracks between songs - just straight into one great song after another. An album to hug to death and buy for special friends. I hope they come back to the UK soon. Rochdale's Will Tang hasn't exactly taken the conventional route to gaining UK recognition.
He made his name in Hong Kong by starting off in the burgeoning blues and jazz scene before going on to be a highly rated session harmonica player playing for, amongst others, Jackie Chan. From there he went on to his first record deal and paling 10, seater stadiums. After a further four albums he decided to come home to the UK, settle in Manchester and release his debut UK album.
Opening with the eponymous title track, Will sets about realising the boast of the album's title. There is certainly a big change from his last album, The Other Side although eight of the thirteen tracks on offer are from that very same album.
The title track is acoustic rock that has him in the same class as Paulo Nutini and David Gray. Troubles Down, one of the new songs, is sedate country rock with well executed slide guitar. On My Way, another of the new tracks, stays in the acoustic vein and sees him straying away from the blues. This shows a level of sensitivity and vulnerability. He beefs it up a bit for The Other Side, which heralds the return of the electric guitar and, more importantly, the harmonica. This gritty, blues influenced rocker is a welcome addition.
Red City Blues returns to an acoustic setting and is not a blues, as such, but rather a slinky rocker. Something Special is a new one and although it is upbeat, it is unmemorable. Stories is more soft acoustic rock but Love Bites is a bit harder and his voice suits this. He gives the harp another airing on Time Of Day and the fuzzed vocal adds to the overall stormy effect.
Drifting is not the blues classic as you may have expected but another acoustic rocker, this time much in the style of the aforementioned Mr Nutini. The last official track is Sun Down, which is a harmonica blues which is short, sweet and cuts the soul. There are two bonus tracks, remixes of Travellin' Man the normal mix of which is not on the album and Love Bites. The former is a contemporary acoustic blues and the latter adds snappy drums from Geoff Holroyde to give another gritty modern blues.
They say that a change is as good as a rest so Will Tang must be completely rested for his next charge for widespread recognition. A Hong Kong harp player, you've got to be kidding? Well, I'm not and William Tang has as much right as anyone to express his love of the blues.
The opener, Walkin' Round is excellent and a song that any U. It is a very good introduction to the playing of William and he has surrounded himself with good musicians. This is a 'live' studio album and gives us a feeling of how the band would sound in an intimate club - fantastic. It's Alrite rocks - it's another Tang song and guitarist Murdoch produces some good slide guitar before William goes almost apoplectic at the end.
Sweet Little Angel is a B. King song and he has done the right thing by not trying to sound like the great man and there is some more strong guitar work from Murdoch. The Thrill Is Gone is the song made famous by B. King but William's voice is not really suited to this but the interesting use of harmonica redeems it.
It is an instrumental finish to a good album and, like the other tracks, is held together by the tight drumming of Mark Menezes. Canada's Tanglefoot have become one of that country's most popular exports, with a loyal following in the UK largely due to their storming, swashbuckling appearances at festivals. In the flesh they've an almost overwhelming, distinctly larger-than-life presence which draws you into their stirring and passionate music: One special thing about Tanglefoot is that even though the band's always had a strong "corporate identity" as a performing unit, each of its members is a more than capable front-person when taking the lead role on a song.
There's a wide gamut of emotions on display, from Al's deliciously menacing theatrical portrait of the Bishop on Boot Soup and guitarist Steve Ritchie's charming swing-idiom retelling of When Dad And Uncle Archie Lost The Farm, both of which contrast nicely with Tanglefoot's tremendous, lively take on the traditional Paddle Like Hell done in authentic French-Canadian dialect, naturally!
The band's newest recruit, flamboyant fiddle player Sandra Swannell, contributes loads more than just a pretty face and some spirited musicianship, and not just in the vocal-harmony department but in the shape of a fine song, the story of Maggie, which fits in really well with the rest of the group compositions. Steve's anthem For The Day another well-harmonised acappella item forms an ideal closer.
Maybe you'll feel that the brief sequence of slightly silly extraneous outtakes tacked on at the end should have been left on the cutting-room floor, but at least you can exit before they start. Any mild sense of underplay at moments during the set is only apparent while memories of the band's massive live presence remain in your mind; what's important is that Tanglefoot still make a suitably big sound even on disc and they're on splendid form both vocally and instrumentally here.
After five studio albums and even more UK tours, the big hairy ones have finally got round to releasing a live CD. Captured Alive brings right into your living-room or bedroom, car or privy! Recorded in Toronto over three nights in May last year, and following hard on the heels of the release of their successful Agnes On The Cowcatcher CD, this minute selection of definitively passionate, full-frontal Tanglefoot performances marks a watershed in the band's development. It acts as both a swansong for the retirement of original member Joe Grant from performing with the band although he continues to write for them and as an introduction to new recruit, fiddler Terry Snider they appear together on the set's finale La V'la M'Amie..
If you don't already know Tanglefoot from their many riotous UK festival appearances thus far, take heart: I need to come clean myself, for during the early years of their career I was wondering what all the fuss was about.
I couldn't deny their energy, passion, musicianship and artistry, but somehow their larger-than-life presence, at least on CD, seemed overly concerned with maximising the impact with over-the-top delivery and a certain amount of posturing, which, although designed to impress, left me somewhat cold in the end. But more recently I've been a bit of a convert even though it's still the case that not all of their material totally convinces me , and not only because experiencing the band live is a whole different kettle of fish.
Quite simply, Tanglefoot are a top-flight live act, working hard, giving value aplenty with their supercharged, upfront performances of folk-tales that veer credibly from the good-natured and cheekily witty to the tragic and highly poignant, counterpointed by a true instrumental versatility and a hell of a stage presence.
Tanglefoot are true showmen, who know how best to present their uniformly strong material and how to please an audience and keep their interest throughout a set.
There are no longueurs, and every song's a winner, whether rollicking or thoughtful. With 14 songs ranging far and wide through the band's healthy back-catalogue, together with five intros, and all encased in a handsome, heavy-duty digipack with photos, lyrics and notes, Captured Alive is as essential for the Fan as for those who still need convincing of Tanglefoot's already legendary status. A sure-fire chart hit? That's the way it's always been for those of us who have found our music in the margins; the ' word ' passed by a friend, a great review in an American magazine, a link on the internet.
We find our music under the radar. Michael Tarbox's unpretentious foursome, with himself on guitars and vocals, Jon Cohan on drums and percussion, Daniel Keller on violin and vocals and Johnny Sciascia on bass fiddle and vocals, strut their raw, rootsy rockers with a genuine feel for the soul of the South. It's unpasteurised and so real you can taste it. Fresh arrangements guarantee you're not left with that ' jeez, there goes another blues standard again ' feeling.
The core of the band started with Joss Clapp acoustic bass and Rob Armstrong cittern. Having worked together intermittently as a duo, they were soon joined by Ben Murray accordion and Jon Redfern drums and ultimately Emma Hancock fiddle. This is their second album, and although it does not feature Emma, still gives a good impression of the band as they are today. Not folkrock red in tooth and claw, but a much more subtle variation. There are tinges of Bert Jansch, celtic, cajun, jazz, and other influences even Pink Floyd on a pot puree of memorable tunes and songs.
The rather down beat title track kicks off the album - actually it's a bit of a grower - followed by a splendid instrumental, Russian in feel with Celtic overlays. Next up is the sprightly song ' Fires ', featuring some nice accordion and acoustic guitar. Next up is a real gem - ' Dark Eyed Sailor '. The well known trad song given a drop dead gorgeous acoustic arrangement. The CD is worth buying for this track alone. Finally, is ' Bagels ', another well played and enjoyable tune set. All in all, a real gem of an album, and one to add to anyone's CD pile.
From the name alone, Tattie Jam might be deduced to be either frivolous or fusionist, but although this Scottish duo incorporate elements of those traits they're embraced as entirely positive qualities that don't overstay their welcome. Here we have two very accomplished instrumentalist-singers: Each of them is intensely but wholly naturally capable of switching between lead and supporting roles during the course of a song or instrumental set, as the music demands, and their open-minded versatility enables them to maintain a constant freshness of approach that, though employing a necessary measure of thoughtful pre-arrangement, also retains both a healthy degree of spontaneity and the all-important element of surprise for the listener within the unusual flavourings and often strange twists and turns of text and texture.
In this way, Tattie Jam always manage to tread the fine line, and maintain the all-important balance, between the contrasting elements of their musical personalities, allowing each of these to percolate to the surface at the appropriate moments.
Their respectful attitude to tradition is given due weight, while the slightly more facetious side of life is not neglected, being cheekily conveyed in a lively Scottish fashion. Entertainment value is high throughout the disc in fact, as is the level of invention in the musical arrangements.
In the duo's takes on traditional ballads Earl Richard and The Birken Tree , no stone is left unturned in their enthusiastic communication of the narratives, yet their responses are finely tuned and sensitive with it, and you never feel that they're selling their material short.
Ruaridh himself has had a direct involvement in the composition of seven of the disc's 13 tracks: Forty and the sprightly Summer Shower jig and three of the vocal items. But in all honesty I'd have to go as far as to say that every single one of the disc's tracks has distinctive and commendable qualities all its own, right from the attention-grabbing nay, arresting , spectrally bluesy album opening, the prelude to the duo's driving rendition of Robert Tannahill's Are Ye Sleepin', Maggie?
Lest it be thought I'm concentrating unduly on the duo's vocal prowess both are excellent solo singers, with an unerring ability to harmonise with each other as a bonus , I must emphasise that their instrumental skills are also second to none.
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