Toronto Star "What's On Disc" Review


What’s On Disc

Thursday, March 10, 2005

D’Arcy Wickham

Feather Fingers (Independent/www.darcywickham.com)

Veteran Toronto guitarist, music teacher and singer/songwriter D’Arcy Wickham’s latest is both a tasty showcase of his exceptional facility with all styles of guitar picking, from elegant folk to atmospheric blues, and of his gifts as a composer of comfortingly retro, acoustic-based pop songs.

He’s in fine voice as well – a full, truly pitched baritone graces most of the 11 pieces – and in full control of a fine band (Strangely uncredited on the one-sided CD Cover). Standout tracks are Mississippi John Hurt’s “Satisfied and Tickled Too,” the eerie “Hanging at Owl Creek Bridge,” and “Malahat Highway” (collaborations with Bob Carmichael).

Wickham is showcasing material from the album in concert tonight at Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas St. W.), performing with bassist David Woodhead, drummer Al Cross, guitarist Jason Fowler and keyboard/accordion wizard Denis Keldie. Tickets are $12 in advance (416-531-6604), $15 at the door.