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reviews Cold Fen by Mary Humphreys & Anahata

THEIR fourth album and the second devoted to East Anglian songs and tunes, or rather material from these islands collected from East Anglian folklore. Lakes of Cold Fen is a delightful localisation of a ballad scattered between England and Ireland. What a lovely, gorgeous collection, absolutely bubbling over with memorable melodies and useful, vital information.

Mary may be of north Wales stock, but she and Anahata are thoroughly convincing in that they have taken East Anglian tradition by the horns and stamped it with their own pleasing style. Anahata's musicianship is scintillating, be it on melodeons, cello, anglo-concertina or smallpipes.