David Warwick of EDS
reviews Far Distant Stars by Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner‘Brace yourselves! They’re back with yet another (their fifth) CD of songs topical, lyrical, fanciful, comical, miserable and sometimes hysterical… all guaranteed to entertain and keep you on your musical toes.’ So reads the opening paragraph of WildGoose’s promotional literature for Lynne and Pat’s new offering. Well, I can’t better that.
I reviewed their last CD, Tickled Pink, in 2010, and have been waiting with anticipation for this new one. The ladies deliver two delightful voices in harmony with wit, style, imagination and a wicked sense of humour. Who else would add a self-penned (by Lynne) song called ‘Stress Incontinence’ to their repertoire? This CD has 15 tracks, only 4 traditional, the rest penned by the singers themselves, or modern writers. One is quite unexpected, and all the more welcome for that: an early pop/rock song ‘Sympathy’ released by Rare Bird in the 1970s.
I particularly liked the a cappella, multitracking treatment of ‘How the Cold Winds Do Blow’ written by the late Graeme Miles: an eerie, haunting tune; and the lovely lyrical ‘Song for Tom’ written by Pat in memory of Lynne’s youngest son Tom: doubtlessly a song deep and meaningful for both of them: ‘You’re always chasing rainbows, and never ever knowing why.’ These women perform with passion and emotion, but are not sombre or pious about it (their music hall evenings are ‘awash with sauce and innuendo’). They seem to have been struck with tragedy in their lives, and their music has patently been a strength to them: they have ‘survivor’ written all over them. Between them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina and a variety of whistles (including swanee, policeman’s and referee’s). Long may they entertain us.