Homespun: Joe Stickley and Sean Canan, Loaded to the Gunwales

In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Joe Stickley and Sean Canan's album, Loaded to the Gunwales. He had this to say:

Stickley and Canan have been holding down the tiny stage on Sunday nights at John D. McGurk's in Soulard, and that stint has helped the pair add the trappings of American folk music to these well-known, well-worn Irish chestnuts. Stickley and Canan are both fine, hearty singers, and they thankfully don't pour much schmaltz on these already sentimental tunes. While the bulk of Loaded to the Gunwales is covers-heavy, Stickley contributes two originals to the collection. The first, "Old Irish Ladies," fits the mold but relies on tired Irish stereotypes that are more boring than offensive. "Ditty Bag" is much better, a slow, sweet love song to a life on the sea; this record could use a few more songs like it.

Read the rest here. The pair are again taking up residency at McGurk's (1200 Russell Boulevard; 314-776-8309) starting next Tuesday, June 22, through Saturday, June 26, and Tuesday, June 29, through Saturday, July 3. All shows are free and start at 8 p.m.

MP3: Joe Stickley and Sean Canan, "Irish Old Ladies"


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