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Jennifer Stapleton of EDS

reviews Something to Show by Mick Ryan & Pete Harris

This CD is dedicated to the memory of John Prince, (a great gentleman and friend.)


Mick Ryan and Pete Harris fans will not be disappointed with this addition to the collection of CDs by this very talented pair, who on this occasion are supported by no less than Paul Burgess, Paul Sartin and Tim Van Eyken.
There are 14 tracks in total, 6 with words and music written by Mick Ryan, 6 traditional with arrangements by Mick and Pete, 1 by Graham Moore and 1 by Thomas Hood. 3 of the tracks are from well known folk musicals, The Last of England by Graham Moore, and Sons of the Land and The Prince of Peace from Mick Ryans A Days Work. All the tracks are eminently singable as would be expected with this duo. It only takes one listening to be joining in with great enthusiasm, as if the songs were old friends, as indeed some are. Mick and Petes voices blend so well together and their choice of key and pitch means everyone can find a slot to join in somewhere. I especially like Micks version of the Copper family song The Two Brethren. The sleeve notes give enough information and source of songs for anyone wishing to do further research.


A good CD to have in the car for those long journeys to festivals.