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Paul Cowdell of Folk London

reviews Tickled Pink by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

Heraud and Turner are an odd phenomenon. Parts of their repertoire do nothing for me, but here we are at their fourth CD and I keep coming back for more ...

They sing beautifully unaccompanied or with Pat's discreet guitar. (Paul Sartin also lends tasteful fiddle and oboe support). They have a good ear for traditional songs, and a fine way with them. Braw Sailing stands out, with Wife of Usher's Well running it a close second. They have the ability to breathe new life into well-known songs, and they sing adapted poems successfully. Ralph Hodgson's Time You Old Gypsy Man makes a handsome little song.

My big problem has been some of their songwriting. They are rightly proud of their silly streak, but some of their songs are just too slight to bear repeated listening. It's not to say they don't raise a smile, but these songs may work better live.

But there are some excellent serious pieces here. Pat's Small Fish is beautiful, while her The Black Ship (a Weill-ish narrative set in Limehouse Reach) deserves a long life.

They do what they do well. I don't like all of it, but what I do like I like very much.