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reviews Tickled Pink by Lynne Heraud & Pat TurnerAnyone who is familiar with a live performance from Lynne & Pat will appreciate their broad spectrum of material from achingly beautiful songs to self - penned graphic, comic pieces about life experiences that most performers wouldn't dare to mention. This CD contains all this and more.
Lynne & Pat's acapella singing falls very easy on the ear, their very different voices blending so well. Other tracks have a lovely understated guitar accompaniment by Pat that never gets in the way of the song with the added treat of oboe & fiddle on some tracks by that consummate musician, Paul Sartin.
The opening track, Bonnie George Campbell is sung in harmony with accompaniment while a Dorset version of Rosemary Lane, and the Child ballad, The Wife of Usher's Well are very pleasing unaccompanied harmony versions of traditional songs. They quote Green Grows the Laurel as being one of their most popular songs, which is not surprising as they present the song beautifully and have made it their own by combing verses from various sources.
The CD includes three songs written by Pat. I particularly like the very unusual story of, The Black Ship, a well-constructed song with a great tune with guitar accompaniment, telling the story of a ship on fire in the London Docks.
Lynne & Pat's many fans who want to learn a comic song about such joys as The Menopause or The Smear Test, for example, will be pleased to know that the CD includes four written by Lynne and one by Pat. The first time 1 heard them I found them very funny but even though the slightly shocking and highly amusing live performance greatly aids the comedy the songs do work very well on the CD.
There is something for everyone here, traditional, contemporary, and comic song all beautifully sung. This album will keep you listening all the way through.