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reviews A Handful of Sky by Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll

Nick and Becki are highly respected musicians and singers from North Devon. This cd is a mix of traditional and self penned songs and they have a passion for English trad music with its interpretations. Their own compositions are influenced by a wide range of musical cultures, people they have met and places they have been. Here a global approach has been taken to the English tradition, songs trad are 'Rambleaway', 'The Cornwall Apprentice', 'Cruel Mother', 'Torrington Ringers' and 'Exmoor Ram'. Tunes include 'The Dressed Ship', 'John of Paris', 'Bridgewater/Dorchester Hornpipes' and 'Regents Fete'. Self penned are the title track lovely images, 'Terre da Lua' silvery sand dunes looking like a lunar landscape in Brazil, 'Bridge House' haunted house in Liverpool but great for parties, 'Mrs Lovetts Pies' written by Nick after watching Sweeney Todd!

Becki's melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with Nick's driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich captivating sound. James Budden, double bass and Ellen Driscoll, french horn also play on some tracks. The whole cd is a superb compliment to English music which is passionate and distinctive.