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reviews The South Wind by The Bursledon Village Band

The Bursledon Village Band has six members, Dave and Joyce Ingledew on melodeons and fiddle respectively, Graham Pretty on Anglo concertinas, Matthew Parker on Keyboard, Paul Johnson on drums and percussion, and looking at the photo of the band, this must include one of those bass drums from a marching band, which goes well with the oompah made by Simon Harmer on E flat tuba and E flat tenor horn.
The aforementioned Oompah makes an enjoyable change from the usual bass guitar and all the tunes (there are no vocals on this, a strict tempo dance album) are played with all the energy and assurance one would expect from a band celebrating its 20th year together. Normally, I would have passed by this type of album in shop or on festival record stall, but I am grateful for the opportunity to hear it and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  My only little niggle is the lack of a Honour your partners chord at the end of a few tracks, which gave them a rather abrupt finish.

The tunes include several which will be unfamiliar to Northern listeners, the band being from Hampshire, but there are some tunes well known to Northumbrian ears, e.g. South Wind, Hesleyside Reel and Margarets Waltz.

Essential listening to anyone interested in dance music and early versions and variants of songs and tunes popular today, as well as more unusual material.  The album includes both excellent performances and sleevenotes and is well worth a hearing.