Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Maturing like a Fine Wine

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Maturing like a Fine Wine

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Byline: MAX BELL

AL STEWART H Jazz Cafe

OLD folk-rock troubadours never die. In the case of Al Stewart they become avid connoisseurs of the grape. Glasgow-born Stewart may have started in folk clubs surrounded by cider-drinking bohemians, but these days he's a Compagnon de Bordeaux with a new album called Down In The Cellar that is more Loire Chronicles than Love Chronicles.

The former bedsit poet laureate reckons he's got more than 1,000 bottles laid down - "enough to see me into my dotage" and he's also put aside a large number of vintage bloke fans, although a few bewildered tourists were on hand looking like they had wandered in from a rock-and-folk heritage coach tour.

Stewart's releases takes longer to mature these days but neither his evident skills as a finger-picking guitarist with a love of flamenco, nor his super fey vocal style have withered on the vine. …

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