Paul Burgess of The Living Tradition
reviews National Youth Folklore Troupe of England by NYFTEUsually an album containing performances from a large group of 10 to 18 year olds can be summed up with friendly words as providing a worthwhile memento for those people buying it at one of their concerts. Not this one. It's far better than that in fact it's the other way round: hopefully people buying this excellent CD will be motivated to go and search out one of their impressive live performances.
This is a vital, exuberant and entertaining programme performed with a skill and instrumental dexterity which outshines many of their famous elders. There is a wide variety of material, from social dances, ritual dances, accompanied songs and choral singing, neatly arranged and nicely varied. Presumably the vocal/massed choral items were recorded elsewhere, but I have a marvellous mental image of all 32 of them cramming into the WildGoose studio!
Congratulations to EFDSS gold badge recipient Dave Leverson who has been guiding them for over 20 years the reasons for his reward are amply shown here. Make sure you don't miss this one.