These are loving intimate portraits of two men caught up in World War 1 and how it influenced the rest of their lives. These were the issues that many, like my grandfather, never really talked especially, as in the words of Ian Campbell's 'The Old Man's Tale', they effectively lived lives that were 'one long bloody war'; given the mass unemployment of the Depression and WW2, amongst other things, which they endured.
Just like many today these were ordinary men whose ability/freedom to live an ordinary life was lost due to local, national and world politics.
This is intimate and moving music. There are no highlights to be pointed out because I think it has to be experienced as a whole - like life. This is a strongly personal tribute but it stands out and should be better known because this is, and I can't avoid a cliche here, real music about real folk. In effect what music is, and always has been about, within the tradition. In that respect this is also music which probably relates to any century and any country.