Still, Griffin manages to capture Dylan’s spirit and personality, and more generally the feeling of the 1960s folk music scene, through his elegiac, romantic delivery and dexterous acoustic guitar picking. On simply rendered, romantically craving ruminations like ‘Girl from the North Country’ (from 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, later re-recorded with Johnny Cash for 1969’s Nashville Skyline), ‘Tomorrow is a Long Time’ (which Dylan first recorded live in 1963 at NYC’s still-going Town Hall, later released on 1971’s Greatest Hits Vol. II), and ‘One Too Many Mornings’ (from 1964’s The Times They Are A-Changin’; Griffin says it was the ‘first Dylan song I absolutely fell in love with’), you can almost imagine yourself sitting enraptured around the stage with your bohemian buddies in some smoke-filled 1960s Greenwich Village saloon. And on two 1975 Blood on the Tracks beauties, the bucolic ‘Simple Twist of Fate’ and lightly-brushed ‘If You See Her, Say Hello,’ and a slowed-down, serenading version of 1966 Blonde on Blonde’s ‘I Want You,’ his arrangements are delicate and dreamy, and his voice amorous and affecting. Even Dylan’s maudlin, gruffly-sung 1997 Time Out of Mind ballad ‘Make You Feel My Love’ sounds calming and candlelit under Griffin’s caressing touch.
As on ‘Make You Feel,’ Belgian Alexis Van Eekhout’s jazzy tenor sax adorns the stretched out, searching 1978 Street-Legal soliloquy ‘Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)’ (which also showcases the soulful backing vocals of Anne-Em’) and the punchier, playful 1965 Bringing It All Back Home paean (written as a portrait of Dylan’s future wife, Sara Lownds) ‘Love Minus Zero/No Limit.’ Meanwhile, the LP’s two final tunes, both from Freewheelin’. - a live rendition of ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright ’ (recorded in 2010 at the Cahors Folk Club in front of a coughing crowd) and Dylan’s adaptation of a traditional country blues song (first recorded in 1928 by Mississippi bluesman Bo Carter), ‘Corrina, Corrina’ - are enhanced by Dègre’s twangy harmonica. Whether you’re a die-hard Dylan devotee or a toe-dipping dabbler, you’ll cherish this chance to rediscover the legend’s sentimental side.
Most importantly, the concert raised more than 10,000 € [$14,000] for the orphans of Haiti.
A much fuller review appeared in the 18th February edition of La Vie Quercynoise, where Jean-Louis Crassac had this to say about us:
" Marc [sic] Newman et Michel Griffin, qu'on a eu le plaisir de découvrir au Carré d'Art, avaient pour redoutable mission d'ouvrir le bal. Deux chanteurs guitaristes rappelant sans servilité le duo Simon and Garfunkel, avec en plus la touche d'humour toujours maniée avec délicatesse par ces deux Britanniques terriblement quercynois."