Mike Everett of Mardles
reviews Six by Two by The Askew SistersEmily and Hazel Askew were semifinalists in the 2005 BBC Young Folk Awards. They are a young duo from London who perform mainly traditional music and songs. This taster `EP resulted from their having gone to Wild Goose Records to record a demo but they so impressed Doug Bailey that this six track CD was the result.
Emily plays the fiddle and hazel plays the melodeon and provides the vocals. These six tracks feature four tune sets and two songs. The tunes show their wide influences with a French hurdy?gurdy tune, a French dance tune, an English polka and hornpipe and a wonderful set with Glorishears, the Cotswold Morris tune, and variations on Eleanor Rigby! The songs are a version of the Sussex song, Robin Wood and the Pedlar, and Sovay.
Im already looking forward to their first full length CD. Look out for these two at festivals this summer and you wont be disappointed.