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Bill Caddick of Shreda and Patches

reviews Where Umber Flows by Tom & Barbara Brown

Tom and Barbara have been stalwarts on the folk scene for ages. Then a couple of years ago they left London (wise!) for Exmoor and this CD basically reflects their love of and interest in the traditional music of Devon, Cornwall and the West. Good, solid singing and playing and a good variety of songs from Bob McCanns Dartmoor Song to a very nice version of The White Cockade (this time its green) from Moe Keast of Bodmin which has Barbara with an all?girl chorus (countered later by Tom and all?male backing on The Wives of St. Ives from Mervyn Vincent of N. Cornwall). Charlie Yarwood joins the couple as a re?formed Regalia on

Norton New Bell Wake to the tune of Ranting Rearing Boys for good group harmony stuff. From classics like The Flying Cloud to Pete Mundays Take Your Time, its all good, and with backing musicians like Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman, Keith Kendrick, Charlie Yarwood and Chris Bartram et al, it would be.