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Sean McGhee of RocknRel

reviews BitterSweet by Bob & Gill Berry

****
Bob and Gill Berry are perhaps best known as stalwarts of the Wiltshire folk scene, and as the organisers of the Chippenham Folk Festival. Bittersweet, the debut album from the duo, because of time constraints was some two years in the making. It's been a worthwhile wait, as the duo have produced a robust and consistently strong collection, made all the more effective by Gill's versatile and distinctive voice and by the shrewd choice of material, especially the opener 'England's Glory', a poignant tale of the Bryant and May matchgirl strike (from the pen of John Prosser), the boisterous 'Revels Day' and the bittersweet recollection of 'Dockyard Wall'.