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Kathy & Bob Drage of Around Kent Folk

reviews Past and Present by Roger Watson

Roger's experience on the folk scene as singer, musician, songwriter and dance caller comes to the fore on this cd. A blend of traditional, instrumental and trad with new lyrics. 'Lovely Joan' transmuted to `jack the lad with flashy motorcar and hitchhiker' is Grand. 'Gilliver' is about his coal mining grandfather who was a 'ganger'. 'The Manager's Daughter' bosses change but the entrenched social attitudes still attain. Other songs include 'Two Brethren', 'Seafarers' & `Lowlands' (new lyrics). Tunes include 'Linnen Hall' & 'Broken Dagger' from Mike Raven's 1000 English country dance tunes, a delightful `Idbury Hill' and 'Fred Pigeon's Polka'. 'Bengal Rounds' written for Calcutta violinist, Sanjoy Ghosh is very interesting - it uses the Raga Shivranjani scale. Roger plays melodeon and English concertina and is joined by Jackie Oates - 5 stringed viola and voice and Tim Walker flugelhorn, cornet, sidedrum and voice. Sculptures of melodeon players by Jonas Bugailiskis of Lithuania adorn the insert. A gorgeous CD