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Spencer Taylor of EDS EFDSS

reviews Echoes of Alfred by Bob and Gill Berry

For their first album since 2006, Bob and Gill Berry, organisers of Chippenham Folk Festival, dip into songs from Wiltshire as collected by
Alfred Williams.

The gatherer of folk songs did much to capture the rural working lives of those who lived in the Upper Thames area, and Bob and Gill do him proud.

The music is often jaunty, as exemplified by My Jolly Waggoner Drive On, while the traditional I'll Weave Him A Garland is an unadorned acapella highlight, led
by Gill, with backing from Bob: simple, and simply lovely.

Some songs veer towards the twee, perhaps, including My Old Wife's A Good Old Cratur, while Sweet Queen of May is prettily arranged and pleasing.

Not for those who like a sharp edge to their folk, but it's delivered with robust passion.