Colin Andrews of Whats Afoot
reviews Another Round by Roy Clinging & Neil BrookesCertain high profile names will readily come to mind to the casual observer of the folk club scene and to those whose experience of folk music is largely confined to the festival concert venues. But, as any regular folk club aficionado knows, there are a wealth of highly talented singers and musicians up and down the country, many who have formed the backbone of the folk song revival over the pest few decades. It is most pleasing to see these artists recognised with their own album on a major folk label.
I remember seeing Roy Clinging on the guest list at a festival I was attending with a Morris side, but was not able to get to his spots. Roy (lead vocals, English concertina & guitar) and Neil Brookes (fiddles, & chorus) in Another Romd, present an entertaining selection of songs and tunes, all traditional, except Barrie Temples River Days, which tells of the decline of the Swan Hunter shipyard on Tyneside, and Neils tune, Unicycle. The songs ad tunes are gleaned from a variety of sources, with their native Cheshire represented in particular by the opening tract, The Cheshire May Song.
Roy sings in a relaxed style with a listenable tenor voice, which is complemented by Neils simple louver?register harmonies in choruses. While (Streams of Lowly Nancy is unaccompanied, concertina & fiddle are used with pleasing effect on other songs. Roys moving and full version of Andrew Rose, the true story of the ill?went and murder of a sailor by the ships Captain, is one I had not heard before. The version of Mr Stormalong, also, much more gentle, not the one generally belted out at shanty sessions.
The instrumentals, in which Neil tends to take the lead on fiddle, are drawn from English traditional music. They include Cheshire Rounds, and the triple time hornpipes Dusty Miller and Another Round, and several little known & sometimes challenging tunes.
If you look be beyond the big names in folk theres some real delights to be found.