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Tony ONeill of Shire Folk

reviews Call & Cry by Sue Brown & Lorraine Irwing

Another production from the prolific Wild Goose Studios, Sue Brown and Lorraine Irwing are an Oxford based duo whom Ive heard lots of over the years and was pleased to have the privilege of reviewing their first public recording. Sue and Lorraine have been singing together for some time now and broke the embargo on duos at the Bracknell Harmony Day last year when they won the Harmony Competition hands down. The sleeve notes describe them as having their roots firmly in the tradition and the CD backs that up in no uncertain terms having seventeen tracks mainly from the English but including Scottish, Irish and French traditions, all of which are sung entirely unaccompanied giving a bare but not cold feel.  The only exception being the Fermoy Regatta (word and music by Ron Kavana) but even that is written in the style of an Irish Sporting Ballad.  I would particularly recommend Fionnghuala, a lively and spirited example of Hebridean mouth music (but not recommended for those who cant remember words!).