Translation into English of the Newspaper Review above which is also to be found in German on the web at following link
Folksongs and Perceptive Ballads Concert of Almond Greenway in the "LaMarotte"
On the 18 October 2005, the Singer/Songwriter Almond Greenway, resident since 1997 in Switzerland,
presented his fan community with a program that charmed by its many, very personally, coloured facets and stories.
Review By Ernst Schlatter
He will soon become 50 and has been, for 30 years, all over the world with his guitar, his songs and the songs of so well known artists like Tom Paxton, Don Mclean, Paul Simon, Harry Chapin and Leonard Cohen.
A Life Story Packed into Songs
The title of his latest CD "My Passport Says Planet Earth" gives an idea of the deep humaneness of this singer: He is a Globetrotter which, brings to the concert impressions from all corners of the world thick with word pictures and packed in music like a gift to take home. So Greenway presented a rich harvest of songs which, have long accompanied his life. The messages within the songs were presented without sentimentality; and they went right into the heart, because the songs are authentic, and because Almond Greenway presents them with a magnificent voice, charisma, and whit.
There was also a melancholy side to the evening, for example the remembered encounters with musicians who have since died, as in "Nigel's Song' it 'but I've still got your music and in that you are alive' or the song for John Spencer "I hope the years and you have been good together"...... "There's it a place in my life where you stay" .... and the parallel life story.
With roguish joy, Greenway also sang ballads with ironically-critical contents like "Game Boy", "Pyjama Game" or "Bananas". A profound declaration of love also found place in "Look at a Happy Man" a love song which did not slip into sentimentality.
Almond Greenway utilized the acoustics of the Culture Cellar very well without microphone and electronics, there were passages almost whispered but easily heard. His accompaniment on the guitar revealed him to be a master of the instrument. The interpretation of old songs like "Country Roads" (John Denver), "Sound of Silence" (Paul Simon) or "So Long Marianne" (Leonard Cohen) was convincing and showed that he is totally connected with these songs.