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Sleeve Notes for Stars in my Crown by Keith Kendrick & Lynne Heraud

Stars in my CrownKeith and Lynne are both long respected performers on the English traditional folk scene. Together they sing in wonderful harmony swopping the lead part as apropriate to the song. Keith, one of the best concertina players in the country, accompanies some of the songs and is supported by a range of other musicians.


Keith and Lynne met at Broadstairs Folk Week festival in 1998 by chance. By the end of the festival a musical relationship was developing. This album is the tangible result of that happy chance meeting.

Keith has worked in the national and international folk scene for some 35 years, first coming to prominence with the all round folk band The Druids, which also contained John Adams, Mick Hennessey, Dave Broughton and Judy Longden. The band specialised in a unique blend of four-part harmony singing. The Druids also formed, and became the resident band for the the Druids Folk Club in 1968. From there they went on to play most of the major folk clubs and festivals in England. They produced two of their own albums and several project recordings for the Argo label. These included Songs and Music of the Redcoats with Anglo/Australian songster Martyn Wyndham Read.

After The Druids came `TUP, a three piece acappella group with Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson (now of Coope, Boyes and Simpson). Around the same time Keith founded and led the all singing, all dancing English Country Dance Band Rams Bottom who produced a widely acclaimed album, The Young May Moon.

Just to show what a tangled web we weave, Keith also sang with Barry Coope for nigh on 12 years until his move to Kent in 1988. Amid all this came a four year stint with the last line up of the much lamented Muckram Wakes.

Despite returning to live in his native Derbyshire in 1995, Keith still performs with Kent based ceilidh band The East Kent Hoppers and maritime duo The Anchor Men. Both were formed while he lived in the South East, the latter having produced the CD Nautical but Nice (VOR) in 1994.

Keith returned to full time performing in 1991 but this time as a soloist. Since then he has again guested at many of the folk clubs and festivals in England and all over the world.

Lynne hails from Stanstead Abbotts in. Hertfordshire, hence the well learned nickname The Hertfordshire Nightingale. For many years she ran, and was resident for the very successful Hoddesdon Folk Music Club, which was where she started singing in 1970. Many will remember her excellent work in duet with Sue Ashby throughout the 70s, and the 80s trio Tom, Dick and Harry with Frank Lee and John Lambert.

In the late 80s Lynne joined forces with Pete Cunningham and Pat Turner as Brandis and still sings with Pat today performing a wide range of mainly English songs in harmony, either unaccompanied or with guitar. Both these combinations have performed widely throughout the Nation.

Lynne is a very strong performer with an incredibly varied repertoire and an uncanny aptitude for ballad delivery.

Track Notes

1 The Poor And Honest Soldier

2 Awake, Awake ( New Years Carol)

3 The Miller And The Lass

4 Herod

5 Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown?

6 The Happy Man

7 Bird In A Cage

8 Lord Gregory

9 The Builders

10 A Passionate Shepherd To His Love

11 The Leaves of Life (Seven Virgins)

12 A Sailor Likes His Bottle-O

13 One Starry Night

14 Love Is Come Again

15 Love Farewell