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Kathy & Bob Drage of Around Kent Folk

reviews The Island of Apples by Mick Ryan & Pete Harris

Another fine CD from Mick & Pete, joined here by Paul Sartin on oboe and fiddle. Some songs are from the show written by Mick, 'Labourer's Cause' (Tolpuddle Man), 'The Land', 'Life' (Tanks for the Memory), 'Here Comes Mick' (Navvy's Wife) and 'When We Take Them OverISailing West' (Voyage). The title track tells the story of King Arthur & how he sleeps in Glastonbury ready to return when England is in her greatest need. Mick's rich chocolate brown voice is equally at home with other people's songs, Graham Moore's 'Tom Paines Bones' and 'Tolpuddle Man'. Multi-intstrumentalist Pete works fine arrangements on all the songs, as well as singing. The CD finishes with 'The Song Goes On' written in memory of Cyril Tawney, surely a song to become an anthem at clubs and festivals up and down the land.