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Mick Tems of Taplas

reviews Legends & Lovers by Issy & David Emeney with Kate Riaz

YET ANOTHER fine album, recorded and produced by Wild Goose guru Doug Bailey: Issy and David remind me of rural Southern England, of wheatfields, cows and sheep, a crackling log fire, ancient rituals and complete bucolic peace. Considering that Issy is a cracking songwriter, I reckon that she's contributing to the evolving folksong tradition a hell of a lot - definitely a mover and shaker. Of the twelve tracks on this album, Issy wrote ten (give or take a trio of tunes, one of which she didn't write; but she seems to have the gift of penning a good melody)

They come from Suffolk and have settled in Somerset, with their three daughters. Kate Riaz uses her cello as a beautiful tool to enhance the music, like a skilled painter, adding a touchup here and there. John Dipper is a welcome session musician, his fiddle providing depth to The Bristol Giant and the Armchair jig medley. David introduces each enticing story while Issy harmonises - but I just love Issy's sweet-voiced melodeons, strongly influenced by the masterful squeezebox playing of Tony Hall and the reason why she performs today. I'd like to see them gigging in Wales, and Cheddar to the Severn Bridge really isn't that far, is it?