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Dick Gaughan
Sail On



“. . . It’s brilliant. . . . The album has been recorded with the minimum of intervention, and has a liveliness one hears all too rarely. The anger and passion come through unadulterated - so does the tenderness. Play it loud, and play it often – sheer genius doesn’t just come in pint glasses.”
– Bob Watson, Folk Roots

“Like all of Gaughan's albums, Sail On bears repeated listenings and each time you will be rewarded by some of the most politically and socially challenging music you're likely to hear anywhere.”
Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen

“When you're dealing with Dick Gaughan one encounters one of the most coveted and revered voices of recent times. A man whose vocal style is unique both stirring and spine chilling . . . with the right material a lethal experience. Fortunately Sail On has strength in adundance from Hamish Henderson's '51st (Highland) Division's Farewell to Sicily' here given 11 spell-binding minutes and Pete Seeger's corrosive 'Waist Deep in the Big Muddy' allied to some of his own songs, 'Son of Man' and the title track especially standing out. A deft electric guitarist as well as pulling off some neat solos and possessing that unique voice Dick Gaughan has created his latest masterpiece . . . it's called Sail On.”
– John O’Regan, Rock ’n’ Reel

“Dick Gaughan has been almost perversely reluctant to make records under his own name. He has never found it a satisfactory exercise: he soon loses interest in his recorded material "All I can hear is the mistakes" and he claims, with a hint of a smile, that his new album, Sail On, his first in seven long years, is no exception to the rule. But exceptional it surely is. For a start, it contains one of the greatest performances that has ever come soaring out of the cornucopia of folk/traditional music over the years. His version of Hamish Henderson's '51st (Highland) Division's Farewell to Sicily' is awesome in its vision, its feel, its skill, its deep, deep understanding. . . . Gaughan is the kind of no-prisoners "protest" singer you don't mess with.”
Alistair Clark, The Scotsman