The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46624   Message #1115773
Posted By: Fortunato
14-Feb-04 - 08:10 AM
Thread Name: Review: PHILLY FOLKSONG SOCIETY Reviews
Subject: Mary Humphreys: Sharp Practice
Hallelujah, the great draught is over. My coffers, which only last month were bare of traditional music CDs, are bursting like last year's britches. We will spend the next few issues frolicking in folk, romping in retrospect, cavorting in collective culture. The world is our cloister and our cornucopia. Let's get right to it.

Mary Humphreys, Welsh born singer, and Anahata, Islington instrumentalist, have made a dandy CD of songs and sprightly dance tunes which they render on concertinas, banjos and occasional melodeons. The well-produced recording is called "Sharp Practice" in tribute to the legendary collector, Cecil Sharp. Those of us who love real English folksongs (we are a small but rabid band) are more than pleased to welcome this grand grouping. Mary's stylish vocals are clear and clean. Her scholarship is faultless and lucid. Anahata provides tasteful backing and comment for the lyrics and shines like a new penny on the half dozen dances that separate the vocals. All in all, this is a most worthy addition to my trad shelf. They included a phone number in the liner notes but I think you might prefer reaching them through their website, www.treewind.co.uk/mha


--- Michael Miller