Some years ago now, I reviewed for Sabrinafu an excellent CD by Mal Brown called Sharp Stones and Tender Hearts.
He recently sent me a couple of his earlier CDs. Rule Changer is another music CD, and it’s just as good as the later album, with a generous 19 tracks, most of them written by Mal (including his setting of Walter de la Mare’s ‘Trees’ and the co-written ‘Johnny Jones’ Rabbit’, plus the traditional ‘Angels’. Mal’s excellent lyrics are supported by some fine tunes, some sounding almost traditional, some leaning towards music hall, but all good singable songs, with some sympathetic instrumental backing and classy harmonies.
Poems, Pies and Peas is a collection of poems and monologues, mostly without music. Not usually my thing, but this includes some hilarious content. I was particularly gratified to learn the real story of the Mona Lisa. 🙂
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I don’t go to live venues at the moment, let alone review them. But I was fortunate enough to be able to tune in to a Zoom concert by the rather wonderful Daria Kulesh, aided and abetted by the very capable guitarist Tristan Seume. Here’s my review:
DARIA KULESH & TRISTAN SEUME – online concert
Yes, it’s another CD from their seasonal series, reviewed for Folking.com:
HANZ ARAKI & KATHRYN CLAIRE – As I Roved Out: Songs Of Spring (The Celtic Conspiracy CELCON002)
Just one to go…
Bewilderingly, I find myself having reviewed a Xmas – well, Solstice – CD for folking.com. And even enjoying it!
HANZ ARAKI & KATHRYN CLAIRE – A Winter Solstice Celebration (The Celtic Conspiracy CELCON001)
Another review for Folking.com: a rather fine traditional album – American, but with an Irish accent. My only complaint (though I forgot to mention it in the review) is the absence of information on the songs and tunes. Most of them will be familiar in some form to hardcore traddies, though.
Somewhat unexpectedly, Wainwright takes on the Great American Songbook. And actually does a good job.
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III – I’d Rather Lead A Band (Thirty Tigers)
A new name to me, but one of the best folk-ish CDs I’ve heard in a while: ÉILÍS KENNEDY– So Ends This Day (Copperplate Consultants COPP034)
Reviewed, as usual, for Folking.com.
Another review for folking.com, of an album by Dan Penn. Southern Soul isn’t really my thing, but it’s a pleasant CD.
Another review for Folking.com, this time of a bluesy instrumental album by Paul Cowley.