The By-Pass Syndrome

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Rock 'n' Reel

The warmth of his voice is all enveloping and the execution and production are second to none. The calibre of the material is as high as ever. The thirteen cuts hit home with maximum impact. The standard of the man's songwriting puts him alongside these islands' best. Throughout the recording he displays the quality that makes him the modest folk superstar he surely is and cannot fail to keep him in that position. Absolutely A1 PLUS!

Sean McGhee

The By-Pass Syndrome (download only)

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Track Reviews


The choice of 'Wings' written by Brian Bedford of Artisan to start the set is typical of Vin's incredible perception to choosing exactly the right song to suit the moment. This is I think Brian's best song yet and Vin's sensitive interpretation and delivery of it should go a long way to ensuring it gets more of the acclaim it deserves. It certainly has the audience and listener spellbound immediately.

Ken Atkinson, Stirrings

An excellent song sung by a soaring gift of a voice.

Hector Christie, The Living Tradition

A Man of the Earth 

A great song by Bernie Parry which gets new life in Vin's hands, though he sings it with such commitment and freedom it is impossible to join him in the chorus despite his invitation. As poignant and relevant today as it was when it was first written in the 70's.
Ken Atkinson, Stirrings

Fell Off The Back Of A Boat

The only humorous song on the album and as Vin says something of a throw away item.
Ken Atkinson, Stirrings

Darwin To Dili

Of Vin's own songs on this album my favourite is 'Darwin To Dili', about the Indonesian invasion of East Timor and the awful slaughter of its people. For me it contains everything that is synonymous with the man and his music. Thought provoking and emotive lyrics with not a word wasted, backed up by a stirring tune and accompaniment and a memorable chorus that encourages everyone to be a part of it and the whole thing brought to life with the sheer commitment and dynamism of the performer. This is Vin at his best.
Ken Atkinson, Stirrings

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms

I must admit to a love for 'Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms' and Vin's sensitive rendition of this beautiful song only serves to be a must for every Vin Garbutt fan.

Jim Hancock, Folk Talk