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Graham Hobbs of Shire Folk

reviews Sideways by Moirai

Doug Bailey of Wild Goose Records is a great upholder of what you might call the more traditional side of folk music. Moirai fits that mould and this is an interesting mix of tune and songs, some new and some traditional.

This is their debut album, but they comprise of some well known musicians, namely Jo Freya (saxophone, clarinets and whistles), Sarah Matthews (violin, viola and guitar) and Melanie Briggs (melodeon and flute). What sets this above many albums of this type is the playing of Jo on the wind instruments, as it gives the album more variation and depth. The title track, 'Sideways; is a song about the problems of putting your knickers on sideways, which I am sure is something we have all encountered from time to time!