Kathy & Bob Drage of Around Kent Folk
reviews Off the Land by Granny's AtticGrannys Attic are an amazing trio who play traditional songs with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne, melodeon, concertina, vocals; George Sansome guitar, vocals and Lewis Wood fiddle, mandolin, vocals are all exceptional musicians and singers.
They perform a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional as well as own compositions. Traditional includes 'Away to the South'ard' taken from Hugills Shanties from the Seven Seas; 'False Lady', a variant of Child 68 Young Hunting the instrumental section is William Irwins also known as Barbara Allen; 'The Death of Nelson' from Pete Bellamy's Maritime England Suite and 'Poor Old man' learnt from Ian Campbell. From Bert Lloyd's Come All Ye Bold Miners we have 'The Coalowner and the Pitmans Wife' which leads into the jig Morrisons at the end. 'Country Hirings' from Roy Palmers The Painful Plough words from a broadside and tune from Sabine Baring Gould. Child Ballad 49 'Two Brothers' is sequed between two tunes written by Lewis. He also wrote 'Lacy House/Right Under The Bridge' two tunes about a house and gig in Hebden Bridge. 'Rods' is an amalgamation of three tunes 'Mr Adams Schottische/Portswood Hornpipe and Steamkettle'. 'After The Floods' written after hearing about the 2015 floods in Scotland and the North of England. Our favourite has to be 'Horkstow Grange' a lovely version.
Having played together since school days they have progressed to clubs and festivals up and down the country. Great singing and playing with arrangements that are very energetic. They research their material carefully before' performing which is good to see.