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Kathy & Bob Drage of Around Kent Folk

reviews Parallel Strands by Martin Graebe & Shan Cowan

This CD brings together Martins ability as a traditional songwriter and his extensive research into the collection
of Sabine Baring?Gould. His songs Jack?in?the?Green and From Severn, by the Somme are often referred to
as traditional, which he finds a great compliment. He really is a wonderful songwriter.
Included from the S.B. Gould Collection are Tyburn Hill, Jacky, My Son, Rouse, Rouse and The Maid and the Swain ? sung touchingly by Shan. Both sing unaccompanied and their voices blend and harmonise perfectly.
Joined on some songs by Keith Kendrick (always a pleasure to hear), Paul Burgess and Paul Wilson amongst others.
The timekeeping is good and there is a delightful atmosphere overlaying the whole CD.