Ken Hinchliffe of Whats Afoot
reviews Well Seasoned by Keith KendrickKeith has been on the Folk scene for nearly forty years now, being a member of The Druids as long ago as 1968 and in all those years has remained unswervingly loyal to his cultural heritage. Having said that, I find that he is still relatively little known here in the South?West of England.
He is a robust, full voiced singer. He could well be described as a mans singer. His obvious grasp, clear insight and love of the musical genre are a joy to share. This is his third solo recording and displays once again his fine uncompromising voice with concertina accompaniment second to none.
The CD comprises songs and tunes which reflect the turning of the seasons and the passing of the ritual calendar. Songs from Sussex and Cornwall to Sheffield and Swaledale via Keiths home county of Derbyshire. All but two of the songs are traditional.
Keith begins his singing tour of England in Sussex with the Coppers version of The Ploughshare. There are other versions of this song, e.g. The Green Grass, but I feel that the one chosen here to be most suited to the singers strong voice. If there was ever a top ten of English traditional songs, this one surely would be a candidate for inclusion.
Traveling north through England the listener is treated to such delightful songs as Derbyshire May Song, The Derby Footrace, Whitsuntide CaroI and Derwent Wassail. Having lived in the area of the source of Derwent Wassail for 59 years, I would suggest, however, that the title chosen here is questionable. That apart, every song is a good un and superbly sung to boot.
The musical journey ends with a grad finale at Dungworth, a tiny village just north of Sheffield, here to be treated to an almost full choral arrangement of Hark, Hark! This is one of the four versions of the carol sung in that area
Bring im On and The Scarecrow both sound traditional but are the two contemporary songs, written by John Tams and Graeme Miles respectively. I defy anyone not to join in the chorus of Bring tin On and