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reviews Songs from the Derbyshire Coast by Keith Kendrick

Ive long admired Keiths singing since we first met at Rochester Sweeps festival many years ago. For some reason though Id never heard any of his solo recordings. Now this has been happily rectified. With some irony (hes based in Derbyshire) and armed with more than a fistful of maritime songs this CD is like the proverbial breath of fresh air. Having recently worked alongside Keith on several occasions it is obvious that he has an affinity with the sea based songs that are liberally sprinkled throughout and with his beautiful resonant tone on the Lowlands Of Holland, Sally Free And Easy and The Sailors Prayer these hoary old chestnuts are given a new lease of life. On the less established numbers such as the jaunty bar-room sing-along Beulah Land youll find yourself joining in the chorus and if not  why not? Joined by musicians including John Adams, Ralph Jordan and Sylvia Needham it is obvious that everyone had a great time recording this album and it conveys well to the listener. Do yourselves a favour  if you like your music to bring a smile to your face this will definitely be an album worth purchasing.