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Roy Harris of Taplas

reviews Something to Show by Mick Ryan & Pete Harris

Wild Goose WGS 318 CD (62m) . WildGoose Records add to their recent string of winners with this impressive effort. The velvet?voiced Ryan has long been one of my favourite singers and the reasons why are all on display here. He has a wonderfully rich quality to his voice and he deploys it with tone and range equal to any in the folk revival today. He gains fine assistance from musical partner Pete Harris, a multi?instrumentalist, and then some, ten instruments credited here, plus vocal. The bulk of the songs are `words & music Mick Ryan, along with, a setting of Thomas Hoods Faithless Sally Brown and a few trads, all of them performed with feeling and skill. Ryans long acquaintance with traditional song informs his own compositions in a way that genuinely pleases. Hats off too to guest musicians Paul Burgess, Paul Sartin and Tim van Eyken. Thanks to all concerned for an album that cheers my home listening and makes me want to see their next gig, wherever it is.