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This review is from: Laylam (Audio CD)
This is a really good album. Eliza Carthy, Bella Hardy, Lucy Farrell and Kate Young are all outstanding singers and folk violinists but I wasn't sure what to expect when they got together. The result turns out to be absolutely terrific - musically rich, respectful of the material while giving it an individual treatment and above all immensely engaging and enjoyable.
There is a varied selection of stuff here: traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic and some really unexpected things like Why Don't You Do Right - Peggy Lee's hit from the 40s which I think is just sensational. Throughout the album the arrangements are excellent, varied and not always as you would expect: some of Dewdrop sounds as though it might be a rather radical string quartet by an adventurous modern composer, for example. Much of it, though, contains beautiful harmony and fabulous singing with the four distinctive voices combining beautifully. This is combined with the four fiddles in various combinations - sometimes all playing richly together, sometimes just a single plucked string and almost everything in between. There is top-class musicianship here and it goes to make a really enjoyable album as well as one which has the quality to last for many years of listening. I love it.
Folk music is in the hands of many excellent musicians at the moment, and these are four of the best of them performing wonderfully together. Laylam is a real gem in my view, and very warmly recommended