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Paul Cowdell of Folk London

reviews Long Time Travelling by Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner continues to delight with his readings of (largely) American traditional and popular songs. Many of the songs on this lovely CD were collected in the field by his parents Frank and Anne.

Jeff Warner has a lovely warm voice, and the arrangements here bring out its richness across some diverse material. Keith Kendrick provides a jaunty concertina accompaniment for the lumber camp song Juberju, while the melancholy Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still (long one of my favourites from his live repertoire) is backed beautifully by the piano and nyckelharpa of Jonny Dyer and Vicki Swan. Jeff's own banjo playing covers old time lonesomeness on the title track and the springy drive of Bold Harpooner.

This is a charming and engaging album, full of understated depths.