Flos Headford of Shreds and Patches
reviews A Gower Garland by CalennigTheres something quite old?fashioned sounding about this. It ought to be, in one sense: the CD marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Phil Tanner, widely admired Gower singer and dancer. In another sense, it is because Calennigs style seems trapped in the 1960s. The concertina?accordeon duets are played with vim, invention and
subtlety. The singing is, however, mannered ? self?conscious rather than song?conscious.
The Mistletoe Bough is frankly unconvincing. Those who are Calennig fans (and there are many) will not find this a barrier to enjoyment of an interesting collection of tunes, which are well documented in the booklet. I must say that it has renewed my interest in getting hold of recordings of Phil Tanner.