Graham Hobbs of Shire Folk
reviews Off the Land by Granny's AtticGranny's Attic are Lewis Wood (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne (melodeon, concertina, vocals) and George Sansome (guitar, vocals). The trio met at school and discovered a shared passion for traditional music. Officially formed in 2009, they went on to be finalists in the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards.
This is their second full album and is a pleasing mix of well known songs like 'Horkstow Grange', 'Country Hirings' and Child Ballad No. 49, Two Brothers', along with some original tunes written by Lewis. For me, the pick of the three tunes is 'After the Floods'. The tune was written in sunny Southampton in 2015 at a time when Scotland and the North of England were suffering severe flooding. An audience member suggested the title and Lewis agreed it was better than 'Slow Tune in Eb', which was the working title!
I recently saw the band at the Derby Folk Festival and they have quickly developed a great act and have a fine mature rapport with the audience. What really stands out, other than their brilliant musicianship, is the voice of Cohen. His speaking voice is quite different from his singing voice as he adopts a very folky tone, not unlike Damien Barber of the Demon Barbers.
The album is well recorded and produced by Doug Bailey at his WildGoose Studios in Hampshire and with Granny's Attic it looks like Doug is onto yet another winner.