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...delightful reinterpretations of folk gems of yore...,
This review is from: Beside The Waves Of Time (MP3 Download)
I shall keep my rather trenchant opinions about the Findhorn Foundation to myself and concentrate, instead, on this rather delightful folk album from Australian born, Findhorn raised, Iona Leigh. And delightful is very much the word I would use to describe her reworking of tunes of yore.
At least half the dozen tracks on offer are songs you will return to after hearing them with her interpretation of `Shady Grove', here done as `Peaches In The Summertime' and `The Water Is Wide', here as `Must I Be Bound', absolute gems. There are some impressive arrangements and instrumentation, which helps place Ms Leighs sometime one-dimensional voice in a setting that showcases the better side of it.
The accompanying musicians are of the highest order, with special words of praise going to harpist Mary Ann Kennedy and fiddle player Gillian Frame for some beautifully constructed contributions on what is, overall, an excellent album.