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Bob and Kathy Drage of Around Kent Folk

reviews Frost Bites by Belshazzar's Feast

This is very much a midwinter CD ? very traditional in flavour, some of the material reaches back to Playford and the English Civil War?'Parsons Farewell'. We find it interesting how the North American song 'Lonesome Scenes of Winter' is included along with 'One Cold Morning in December' which Walter Pardon sang at his home in Knapton. Paul Hutchinson's accordion on the Appalachian version of 'Cherry Tree Carol' gives it added drama. Also included 'King Herod & the Cock', 'As Joseph was a Walking', 'Sans Day Carol' and 'Hampshire Mummers Song'. Paul Sartin is the vocalist and plays oboe, cor anglais and violin. Guest musicians include Pete Flood percussion and Brendan Kelly bass clarinet.

The CD has the power to evoke the feelings of winter? listen by the fireside with a nice glass of mulled wine.