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Dick Gaughan
Redwood Cathedral


In the entire recorded Gaughan catalogue this is one of the highest spots; greatness here is no hyperbole but an accurate description of this piece of work.” 
Living Tradition

"Gaughan's weathered brogue is enough to make a song memorable. But he also has a knack for gathering fine songs, both originals and covers, that fit beautifully into his style. On this set, Gaughan opens with an understated but powerful "Muir and the Master Builder" by Brian McNeill and even plies his magic with Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho and Lefty." As he wends his way through a sublime take on Pete Seeger's "Turn, Turn, Turn," it becomes clear that Gaughan has a gift for phrasing that puts the listener at ease.”
– Tim Sheridan, All Music Guide

“In this sharply focused album, Gaughan continues his return to a strongly acoustic sound in a series of songs of politics and life on a human scale. . . . His ability to take other writers' songs and make them personal is amazing, and this continues throughout the recording. He also contributes a few of his own well-crafted pieces, notably ‘All the King's Horses,’ a dire warning to the governments and oppressors of Scotland and the world to watch their back . . . There's also the required Gaughan interpretation of a classic pop song. This time the romantic '60s pop paean ‘Let It Be Me’ is given a raw, aching reading over his signature solo guitar picking. Redwood Cathedral ranks up there with his now classic Handful of Earth for sincerity and directness.”
Louis Gibson, Editorial Review

“. . . I thought that the latest release by a performer of Gaughan's quality would be praiseworthy. I was not disappointed. It's a cracker of an album. He has selected good songs by good songwriters and sings them beautifully. . . . This album is due to become a classic.”
Folk On Tap