Derek Gifford of Folk Northwest
reviews The Moon Shines Bright by Lynne Heraud & Pat TurnerWhile Lynne Heraud will probably be well known to Northern folk followers as the ‘Hertfordshire Nightingale’ and as the ‘better-half’ of a duo with Keith Kendrick, Pat Turner, though none the lesser mortal, will perhaps be less familiar. Together Lynne and Pat make a delightful harmony duo with their long experience of singing showing through every track.
Having established their pedigree and their obvious ability as seasoned performers it remains only to comment on the material. As might be expected from these two many of the songs are traditional but not all of them are particularly well known and it is good to hear something ‘new’ from the tradition including ‘Fair Maid of Islington’ and ‘Bright Fine Gold’ which is from New Zealand. More familiar are ‘Cupid’s Garden’ (gleaned from the Copper family), ‘Bonny Labouring Boy’, ‘My Bonnie Bonnie Boy’ and the title track.
There are also a number of songs written by the lasses themselves. Of Lynne’s own songs I enjoyed the ‘Odd Sock’ with which, as this household’s laundry chief, I can identify! In contrast ‘Regret’ is a melancholy rendition with an optimistic ending while ‘I Just Want to be Like the Other Girls’ is typical Heraud comedy, its style firmly rooted in the Music Hall.
Not to be left out, Pat’s ‘Autumn is Down’ sounds as though it has come straight from the tradition and the ‘Man in Grey’ is a wry comment on the state of.... well anything you want to think of really.
Lynne does a ‘Giff’ in adding a tune to one of Keith Scowcroft’s fine poems ‘Where the Seeds of Love Grew’ which finds Scowie in a romantic and reflective mood (yes - honestly!).
The name Brenda Orrell from North Yorkshire will probably only be known to a handful of people but she writes some super songs and ‘No More’, an anti-war song, is a classic from her collection.
The majority of songs are unaccompanied but Pat plays an effective guitar to ‘Spanish Dancer’ by Patti Scialfa and to Robert Burns’ ‘There’ll Never Be Peace Until Jamie Comes Home’ which must also be one of the longest song titles I‘ve ever come across!
Finally, my only other comment is on the production - excellent! Well, it is from Wild Goose and I wouldn’t expect anything less. If tight harmony singing is your thing then this CD is a must for your collection.