Jesse Manley ‘A Gothic Folktale’

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Jesse Manley

A Gothic Folktale

Jesse Manley Music

3.5 out of 5 stars

 

Without knowing the background, Jesse Manley’s new CD sounds like a blend of John Hartford-crafted Dixieland and a Tim Burton film’s dramatic musical number rolled into one. Manley, along with director Garret Ammon — who together collaborated in 2011 to turn Manley’s album Devil’s Red into a ballet — have teamed up again for A Gothic Folktale. Manley, Ammon and Denver mental illusionist Professor Phelyx, brought A Gothic Folktale to the stage. Live recordings of the final two performances were produced into this album, which manages to entertain on its own, even without the stage.

 

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