Hannah and Sam's first album, the charming 'Catches and Glees
', was released back in 2009; since then the duo seem to have further developed their sound, resulting in a much fuller-sounding and assured second album.
Since the 'State and Ancientry' launch, back in February, this collection of tunes and songs has topped my `most played' list.
The record starts with `Hole In The Wall', a flowing hornpipe which makes an excellent opening track. Other tune sets include the beautiful `How Do You Do? / Gallons Of Cognac' and the foot-tapping `Battered Hake Polka /
My favourite track on the album is `The Farmer's Cursed Wife', a humorous story of a woman so evil she gets kicked out of hell. The clear vocals are accompanied by a catchy tune - one of many on the album.
This new album is a great showcase of duo's immense talent, not least in the range of instruments and styles that have been portrayed. It's topped off by being wonderfully mixed and produced, allowing the clever arrangements to shine through.
Already looking forward to the next instalment; here's to album #3!