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Vic Smith of The Folk Diary

reviews Fenlandia by Mary Humphreys & Anahata

Fine lively singing and really interesting and exciting playing of dance tunes characterise the approach of this talented duo to the English tradition.


Mary has been seeking songs from their new home in the Fens and has come up with a number of songs collected early in the twentieth century from Charlotte Few by the blind song collector, Ella Bull. As is often the case with the early collectors, the noting of words was fragmentary and Mary has had to fill these in from other sources. In doing so, she has restored to circulation some fine neglected melodies.


The tunes come from a variety of Welsh and English sources and there is a fine interplay between Mary's concertina and Anahata's melodeon.