Dear Friends (Merlin MK87-690) 1977


Beautiful artful acoustic expressions from the St. Louis trio of John Kavanaugh, Tom Kavanaugh and Maureen (whom I’m assuming is also a Kavanaugh). John was an early member of the St. Louis Jesuits, as well as half of the duo Foley & Kavanaugh — the ones who released the acclaimed Ways To Get Through album on this same label. Dear Friends is a lovely collection of fragile stirring songs led by gentle alternating male/female lead vocals and harmonies, with soft backing fiom acoustic guitars and periodic piano. Musically ranges from the graceful melancholy tone of ‘Scarlet & Brown’ and ‘Say Goodbye’ to the solemn delicate Irish-flavored ‘Miss Faith’ (with tin whistle backing) to the strummed folk of ‘To Lizzie’. Tracks with male lead vocals sometimes even echo the breathy meditative calm of Nick Drake circa Pink Moon. Nice low-key electric guitar soloing in a couple spots. ‘When I Rise’ is inspired by Psalm 30, but overall the Christian angle appears to be fairly subtle, the lyrics rather painting poetic pictures of friendship, love, nature, a ghost story and other topics. B&w photo on gate-fold cover.       (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).



I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Ken for the two front cover photos. Thank you for the track list.


Song #Song TitleTime
1-2Miss Faith
1-4When I Rise
1-5To Lizzie
2-1Scarlett & Brown
2-2Say Goodbye
2-3Mickie Filler
2-4I Don't Mind