This is another nostalgic and, I suppose, not wholly unexpected release from Trunk Records. From Ivor the Engine to The Clangers via Bod, Jonny Trunk is in the habit of hunting down and releasing music from 1970's kid's TV programmes. In total, 13 fifteen minute episodes of Fingerbobs were filmed and the first aired on BBC TV in February 1972. Most people of a certain age will be familiar with it.
Featuring 21 cuts and clocking in at 25½ minutes this is, much like the majority of Trunk's back catalogue, a curious release and something of an oddity. The music is of the folkish variety, consisting of finger-picked acoustic guitar, flute, improvised percussion and even the occasional violin and glockenspiel. Most tracks feature the many voices of the bearded finger puppeteer and narrator, Rick Jones. Probably best described as charming, it never gets too twee, and some of it really is very good (but albeit very brief). The guitar playing is particularly note worthy.
Housed in a standard jewel case with liner notes by Jonny Trunk and an essay by Ali Cole (the daughter of the husband and wife team who created the programme), it has been remastered from the source material. The liner notes confirm that the master tapes are long lost and you can hear some background hiss in places, but it actually adds to the overall charm. In summary this album has, like most Trunk releases, been lovingly produced and it should appeal to collectors of Trunk releases and collectors of these sorts of oddities.