David Ferrard, 'Broken Sky'

IssueJune 2008
Review by Emily Johns

I heard David Ferrard sing in April at the launch of the Festival of Nonviolence and the hairs stood up on the back of my neck.

In the very simplest manner of music appreciation, hearing a voice that can touch, with great finesse and sweetness, one’s body is a strange wonder.

This collection has the current wars weaving their way through a series of love songs.

There is the subtle story of a Chechen refugee drawn to England by the music coming from his pocket radio, and falling in love with his language teacher in a detention centre. There is the poignant love song of the young American soldier for his home and for his dead buddies.

These songs seek out the humanity and beauty in our troubled world. As always, talent is on the right side, and the peace movement is very fortunate to have this young committed musician to stir our hearts.

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