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Jamie O’Brian of Putting on Airs

reviews Where Umber Flows by Tom & Barbara Brown

This is a delightful album featuring a couple from the English west country. Naturally, they turn to their region, Devon and Cornwall, for material, presenting a number of different versions of songs known throughout the islands, such as The Unquiet Grave and The Green Cockade, along with some rarer pieces. They have warm, moving voices and are often accompanied by some fine singers on choruses. Accompaniment includes melodeon, concertina and fiddle along with more modern instruments such as guitar and mandola, and the unusual but effective bass trombone. Songs on the album range from music hall through the humorous to sorrowful; but their version of The Flying Cloud is devastating, one of the best Ive ever heard of this deportation song.