Bob Brooker of Folk Monthly
reviews On Blue Stockings by Lauren McCormickLauren McCormick is a new name to me, but I am sure she will soon be a household name in the folk world. A graduate from the Newcastle University Folk & Traditional Music Degree course, it is plain to see that her time and learning here was put to good use.
With a beautiful voice, along with accomplished flute playing, Lauren delivers the songs, with accompanying tunes, with a grace and feeling that is not often heard these days. Lauren's apprenticeship in song craft has involved her with icons such as Shirley Collins and Martyn Wyndham Read et al and this experience has obviously had its benefits.
OK on to the CD itself, eleven tracks in all, the songs are thoughtfully arranged, with accompaniment from guests on violin, guitar and cello, all of which fit with Lauren's delicate delivery. There are old favourites, Trees grow High, A Sprig of Thyme and a beautiful
version of The Old Garden Gate. Lady Isobel (Child 4) is a particular favourite of mine, and shows the depth of research in finding suitable songs for her repertoire. Lauren also includes two of her original songs, thus bringing her song writing talents to the fore.
As readers of my reviews know, I always include a note on the production side of the CD, and On Blue Stockings is thoroughly professional. The accompanying booklet is superb c/w song notes. The quality of materials used is what you would expect from a recognised recording studio and production company.
I always give a nudge to club and festival organisers if, in my opinion, there is an artist worth pursuing for their venues and events. Lauren is just such an artist, and I'm sure she will be headlining festivals and the club circuit in the very near future. Any organiser will be foolish not to take advantage of this accomplished and delightful talent.
So would I buy this CD ?? Absolutely I love it !!