Along The Way: The Journey Begins – Journeyman (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Inspiration, especially musical inspiration, comes from many different sources ranging from the everyday to the extraordinary. But in there can’t be many things more inspiring, more likely to set the creative juices flowing, than a pilgrimage along ancient trails following in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims. I mean, it’s a step up from buying a new car or visiting Disneyland, don’t you think?

The Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trail that leads to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain, is perhaps the most famous devotional journey in the Christian world, and even if you are not particularly religious it is often undertaken as a combination of physical challenge and spiritual “me time.” Most people come away from the journey inspired in some way, not all of them are driven to write an album about it.

Peter Hlavin who records under the name Journeyman, however, was and Along The Way, is the result. And rather than just pour out his own thoughts and feelings, Journeyman has fashioned an album full of special guest and the result is an album which runs through various styles and tones, perhaps reflecting the wide-range of different people, the cultures and characters, the moods and emotions that you meet and pass through on such a journey.

The songs generally fall into the pop realm, by and large, Kyle Guerrero manages to push things into a more rock direction on Go Blank, but for the most part, pop it is, though even within that generic pool various sounds are explored, a few boundaries are tested. Brakes on My Heart sees Jean-Luc Kaberuka introduce some latin sass, Maya Sh’von lays out some ethereal gospel sounds courtesy of Lady of The Way and and Walking With Angels sees Che Barq delivers what can best be described as devotional pop.

Very often, after people have been on holiday or visited somewhere special, they bring home some photographs, a few bottles of cheap local spirits and perhaps a dust collecting object to sit on the mantlepiece to act as an occasional reminder of the good times. Not many people write an album about their experiences. Fewer still make it such a wide-ranging and collaborative affair. Journeyman did, and we are sure glad he did.

Imagine what he would come up with if he ever went on a round the world cruise!

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  1. Hi Dave – I hope you are keeping well & staying safe X Please see press release & attached photo…

    Legendary British rock & roll group The Godfathers will release a brand new double A side single – ‘I’m Not Your Slave’ & ‘Wild And Free’ – on 17th June to celebrate the 35th anniversary since the band’s formation. The original line-up of The Godfathers played their first gig together at The Embassy Club in London on 17th June 1985.

    Both new tracks were recorded immediately prior to the Coronavirus lockdown in the UK & although they were composed late last year the 2 songs chime perfectly with current events. Godfathers’ lead singer & founder member Peter Coyne describes ‘I’m Not Your Slave’ & ‘Wild And Free’ as “truly exciting, state of the art rock & roll”.

    Coyne is now joined in The Godfathers by guitarist Richie Simpson & drummer Billy Duncanson (both previously in Heavy Drapes & Baby’s Got A Gun) bass player Jon Priestley from iconic punk band The Damned & guitarist Wayne Vermaak.

    The Godfathers – famed for their primal rock sound (with songs like ‘Birth School Work Death’, ‘I Want Everything’ & ‘Unreal World’) mob inspired image & explosive live concerts – will resume touring activity with a world tour in 2021 to promote the release of a highly anticipated new studio album.

    Photo by Sean Robert Howarth

    For interview requests & promo photos please contact The Godfathers via –
    Contact email: thegodfathersuk@gmail.com

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