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Sonja Andrews of Whats Afoot

reviews Songs of Witchcraft & Magic by Various Artists

Compiled and produced by the Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle, Cornwall, in partnership with WildGoose Records. this is an interesting collection, nicely packaged with the words and very extensive notes on the fifteen selected songs.

A variety of performers sing songs with magical connections. There is a wonderful rendering of Willie's Lady from Martin Carthy at his best. Bitter Withy from Tom Brown comes over well with concertina. and if you enjoy melodious harmony you need look no further than Juniper Gentle from Magpie Lane and the Laily Worm from Craig. Morgan & Robson.

Some songs are from recent albums, while others, like Nostradamus by Peter Bellamy, go back many years. This 'themed' album is a good way to hear many good singers perform songs that deserve to stand out on their own merit.