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reviews Dance in the Shadow by Benji Kirkpatrick

One of the mainstays of an excellent band called The Hedgerows, who contributed a superb track Robin Hood?The Tolling Bell to the first Evolving Tradition” CD was Beriji Kirkpatrick, son of the famous John and Sue Kirkpatrick. Sadly the band didnt last long but their demise has now given young Beriji a chance to shine as a solo performer and this CD certainly showcases his undoubted talent. As well as being a good singer, he has inherited his parents instrumental skills and plays guitar, bouzouki and mandolin frighteningly well. He is joined by one Bod on bodhran and Paul Sartin on oboe. There are several songs on the album, the best of which is The Bold Pedlar, with its excellent arrangement. He also chips in with one of his own songs Ridgewalkers, which proves he is no slouch in the songwriting department either. The tunes are a mix of traditional and self?composed, but no matter whattheir origin Benii always provides neat, uncluttered arrangements coupled with quite superb musicianship. Another name to add to the growing roster of young talent that has come through in the past few years.