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A superb collection of traditional British nursery rhymes
on 21 March 2001
Jeremy Barlow's Broadside Band, with singers Vivien Ellis and Tim Laycock present a stunning array of nursery rhymes, performed with crystal clarity and huge amounts of energy. The collection is unpatronising to children, and the use of original instruments (and excellent arrangements) means that the origins of the songs are just around the corner. The nursery rhymes are grouped in sections - cats and mice, food, etc. - and end with a lullaby group; my only reservation is that at the end of the CD, there is a moderately rousing instrumental version of 'Girls and Boys Come Out to Play', which I always think may startle my daughter who has been charmed and soothed progressively by all 67 minutes of the album. One of the rewards of listening to this CD over and over again (two or three times a day on average) is that I now know the words and several extra verses of rhymes I could only half remember from my childhood. Interesting sleeve notes comment here and there on the historical background, but are uneven, and mostly taken from Iona and Peter Opie's book about the origins of nursery rhymes. I shall certainly explore the Broadside Band's other collections of traditional music.