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Nick Beale of fRoots

reviews The Island of Apples by Mick Ryan & Pete Harris

These two can be depended on to do justice to whatever material they tackle. Here they do traditional songs like Cupid's Garden and Banks Of The Bahn (which I thought was going to be about German railways but turned out to be some river in Ireland) alongside several songs from different themed collections (a.k.a. 'folk musicals') that Mick Ryan had composed including the stories of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, the army's wartime takeover of Tyneham in Dorset, navvies and Irish emigration to America. There's also a song in praise of Tom Paine of whose ideas Britain needs reminding. An album of strong, confident and authoritative singing and playing.