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Thread #46624   Message #810796
Posted By: wysiwyg
25-Oct-02 - 01:46 AM
Thread Name: Review: PHILLY FOLKSONG SOCIETY Reviews
Subject: Review: Telynor, Sprig Of Thyme
In the Celtic-and-that-ain't-all category, I reccomend the duo Telynor, whose CD Sprig Of Thyme is a revelation. In one CD, they manage to survey music from Ireland, England, France, Italy and the USA, as well as draw from the Middle Ages through the late Twentieth Century. I was impressed by their singing, their playing, and their tasteful rearrangments. This is no purist reproduction-- every cut is stylized and personalized and fascinating. Their version of "Molly Bahn" adds a hurdy-gurdy drone to envelop that tragic story in an aura of mystery and danger. I always liked Esther Halpern's reding of that song, but I think that it is improve with this new setting. Another pleasent surprise was "The Agincourt Carol", which commemorates the British defeat of the French in the early 15th century. I did that song in a show in Israel around 1970, and I would have sworn that no one else in the world knew it. I am glad I heard this CD. I think you'll like it, too. For more information, see www.telynor.com.

-Mike Miller for PFS
Reprinted from PFS "Tune Up," by permission