Derek Gifford of Folk Northwest
reviews Generosity by Various Artists - Folk for MSThis album is a celebration of 20 years of the Folk for Multiple Sclerosis organisation and is an excellent compilation of performances from some of our top folk artists. All the artists have given their services free for the concerts held over the years and as a result over £35,000 has been raised for the project. All the profits from this album will also go into the fund of course.
Well that's the background, what of the content?
With people like Vin Garbutt singing Keith Hancock's 'Absent Friends', Jez Lowe and his 'Taking on Men', Artisan with Brian Bedford's 'What's the Use of Wings?' and Dave Burland's laid back version of 'Rambling Sailor' you can see there's some classic stuff on here!
It was also good to hear Barry Dransfield again singing 'Once I Was a Fisherman' and Cosmotheka with the impossible-to-sing-along-with 'A Proper Cup of Coffee'. Our friends from across 'the pond' are represented too with Pint and Dale's 'Cape Cod Girls' and the fantastic Tanglefoot with 'Loup Garou'.
Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman sing Dave's 'The Blackbird' which I think is one of the most lyrical songs he has ever written and Mike Nicholson gives a super rendering of 'Stone by Stone'.
The most esoteric track, I think, is from Huw and Tony Williams who sing 'This Place, This Town' which sounds more like something from the sixties pop scene than a folk song. Also sadly and somewhat ironically as we have only recently 'lost' him, there is nothing by the late Johnny Collins who appeared in the first 1990 concert and in this year's concert thereby spanning the 20 years of the project.
There are others of course, too many to list here, of equal stature and talent in the 20 tracks of the album. The CD is appropriately completed with 'Parting Glass' sung by the Wilson family from Teeside.
There is something for everyone here and the money goes to a very good cause.
Just buy it - now!