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Felicity Greenland of Folk London

reviews Something to Show by Mick Ryan & Pete Harris

Something to Show ? by Mick Ryan & Pete Harris Wild Goose WGS318CD www.properuk.com This 5th album has both trad songs and the self?penned trad?feel songs for which Mick is known (including The Prince of Peace which I always thought was a Sheffield carol) and guest contributions from Paul Sartin (oboe), Tim Van Eyken (box), and Paul Burgess (fiddle). The title track is as touching as the sleeve notes suggest, on the single picture on a bleak bedsit wall. Farewell My Dearest Dear (trad) forms an anthem after the a cappella (and surprisingly not trad (yet)) Sons of the Land. Other favourites: King Kaley (Micks own ballad of an evil lover on the long white road) and Faithless Sally Brown (a cappella). More not?surprisingly excellent songmanship from these solid musical partners.