the time and the combination of Barbara’s voice and harmonium accompaniment nails it.
The Ark could have been written yesterday or a hundred years ago, but is welded to the present in this monumental version.
Mary Skeffington, Rafferty’s ode to his mother, is caressed with kid gloves and reminds us all what mums are all about and why they all deserve songs – ‘cept we aren’t all Gerry Raffertys! A particular moment that shook me to the core was Troy Donockley’s uilleann pipe solo on Family Tree – stunning. Neil Drinkwater shines on grand piano on five tracks.
Most of us have seminal Gerry Rafferty songs that touched us in our youth. At least half a dozen of them are here – and performed with love and eloquence by his friend who never stopped loving him. There must be plenty for a follow up. I can’t wait. This one is the business for me.
'FOLK WORDS - August 2013 (Review by Tim Carroll)
There’s no doubting the compelling presence and prodigious talent of Barbara Dickson – renowned recording artist, wide-ranging theatre and television recognition, Olivier award winner and owner of an exceptional voice. Now Barbara has brought her skills to a new project, an album of Gerry Rafferty’s songs. It’s called ‘To Each and Everyone – the songs of Gerry Rafferty’ – and if you ever mourned this lady departing the folk world for wider musical shores then this is what you’ve been waiting for all these years.
Adding a touch of folk essence to Rafferty’s songs has resulted in album that not only does exceptional justice to the man’s songwriting talent, it allows you to hear the pure warmth of a glorious voice adding its magic to take the songs to another level. Barbara imbues a personal edge to the songs, the late Rafferty being a close friend, there’s also a stripped-back feel, subtle melodies enhanced with softly emotive vocals.
The classic ‘Baker Street’ opens proceedings and immediately Barbara has you seduced into her reverence for a unique talent.The unadorned combination of voice and harmonium gives ‘Where I Belong’ a simple yet powerful prayer-like quality, while the piano-led ‘Family Tree’ steadily builds into a sumptuous song with a desperately moving message. Listening to this album may prompt a tear for the loss of Rafferty but it will also immerse you in a voice with a touch that’s both precise and delicate. Listen to the tough narrative of ‘Steamboat Row’ or the delight that is ‘Mary Skeffington’ and you’re hearing vocals that could move the hardest of hearts. And as for the title track ‘To Each and Everyone of You’ – it's one of those rare moments when every element works so well you find yourself totally immersed in what you’re hearing.
‘To Each and Everyone – the songs of Gerry Rafferty’ is without doubt the singular most beautiful collection of songs I’ve heard all year. Lovers of Rafferty’s perceptive songwriting will adore this album. Lovers of Barbara’s soul-touching voice will experience the same emotion. The album is released on Greentrax Recordings and is available ahead of Barbara's latest UK tour in October 2013.
TO EACH AND EVERYONE - THE SONGS OF GERRY RAFFERTY
'THE LIVING TRADITION' - October 2013 (Review by Grem Devlin)
The body of work that Gerry Rafferty left us was impressive – his high production values made his songs appear untouchable to many and there is thus a dearth of competent covers. Barbara Dickson, though, has the love of the man and the breadth of talent to do his songs justice, particularly with the monumental talent that is Troy Donockley at the helm.
Listening to this album I have experienced emotions being teased out of songs that I hadn’t realised before were woven into the originals – Barbara’s version of Baker Street uses the violin of Frank Van Essen to replace the iconic sax and gives the intro an air of melancholy that has reinvented the piece for me.
To Each And Everyone, the ultimate goodbye song, the Rafferty version of which actually dates from 1971, has a poignancy he couldn’t have anticipated at