Patsy Matheson - A Little Piece Of England (Witch)
A founding member and one quarter of the award winning, all-female acoustic group, Waking the Witch, Patsy Matheson has had a busy decade touring and recording with one of the outstanding groups on the British folk circuit. In fact, A Little Piece Of England is her first solo album since 1996's With My Boots On, and it's a winning return, and one that nestles comfortably with the current crop of female singer-songwriters.
Her style is less overtly `folky' than one might expect, though lyrically, she focuses on a number of issues that effect modern life, surely a prerequisite of any contemporary folk writer and performer. "Precious Little Soldier" touches on the Iraq war and "Treading Water Town" and "Play The Game" speak for themselves. Of course, relationships, in all their many aspects, are also explored, though without too much in the way of cliché, and all handsomely delivered with Matheson's pensive voice and gentle guitar. 8/10.