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Tony Hiller of Rythms Australia

reviews Songs from the Derbyshire Coast by Keith Kendrick

Keith Kendrick is a quintessential English folkie, whose unpretentious singing and concertina playing has graced a thousand trad club nights. As the CD title suggests Songs From The Derbyshire Coast a somewhat ironical name given that county's landlocked status?encompasses some sea shanties, including Cyril Tawney's seminal 'Sally Free And Easy', Roy Harris's 'Essequibo River’ and 'Rolllng Down The Bay To Juliana' and A.L. Lloyd's 'The Coast Of Peru', and interestingly a song carrying the melody of the Fijian national anthem (‘Beulah Land'). The sombre nature of much of the set is partially offset by a vein of humour.