A frequent topic of debate in today's media is the question: "what defines the English?" Part of the answer to that hotly disputed question must surely be the folklore that is the subject of much of June Tabor's singing and, in particular, of this latest album of hers, "Ashore". What can be more English than folk songs about the sea and sea-faring?
Of course, Tabor has sung in French before, and there are two songs in French on this new album, but that only underlines the close sea-ties between our two countries.
Irrespective of national identity, this is another fabulous album from Tabor. The singing voice is superb, silky smooth as ever, and the songs first-class. Tabor occasionally resorts to narration to tell part of the story, as on "The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry".
The accompanying instrumentation is subtle but beautiful: gentle piano, accordion etc, just enough to add sharp focus to Tabor's voice.
If you've ever enjoyed her music, you'll enjoy this!
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