- Audio CD (15 Jun 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Get Real
- ASIN: B0028ER5L8
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. The Lazy Farmer|
|2. British Man O' War|
|3. Locksley Hall|
|4. Little Bear/Wobbly Cat/Twin Sisters|
|5. Devil & The Feathery Wife|
|6. Sweetness Of Mary/Hollywell Hornpipe|
|7. Don't You Go|
|8. Emily's Waltz|
|10. Bold Fisherman|
Between them, Colston (hammered dulcimers, guitar and vocals) and Rose (melodeons and vocals) have collaborated with of a long line of Britfolk luminaries, including Waterson:Carthy, Faustus, Whapweasel, Jennifer Crook and Eliza Carthy's Kings of Calicutt.
It was with the latter that they collected the strathspey/hornpipe set Sweetness of Mary/Holywell Hornpipe, which, along with the other medley (Little Bear/Wobbly Cat/Twin Sisters), they actually recorded back in 1996.
Digitally restored, they sound fine alongside the other material. Rose's Wobbly Cat fits seamlessly between Lisa Ornstein's Little Bear and the old folkloric piece Twin Sisters, while Colston's own Emily's Waltz doesn't sound out of place, and features the resonant tones of his bass
What distinguishes this duo is their choice of ancient and
amusing song-stories, kicking off with The Lazy Farmer, a tale about a work-shy agriculturalist that spares few expletives. Bold Fisherman is more conventional; best of all is the hilarious Devil & The Feathery Wife, which - according to the concise and informative sleeve notes - they learned from Martin Carthy.
Colston's father Mark Colgan contributes a sturdy vocal on British Man O'War, followed by a rather less assured performance from Colston himself on Locksley Hall. Teph Kay offers the album's the only female voice on John Martyn's anti-war song Don't You Go, although her piercing soprano sounds a little jarring in this context.
Minor shortcomings aside, it's the novel instrumental textures that give Colston and Rose an edge over many of the current crop of folk hopefuls. Of course, Colston can't hold a candle to the likes of Indian santoor (dulcimer) maestro Shivkumar Sharma, but the way his crisp, melodic percussion interacts with Rose's pumping bellows is a delight throughout. --Jon Lusk
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