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reviews Won't You Come Away by Maggie Boyle

Deep rooted, hearty folk song Boyle has recorded more than a dozen albums in collaboration with the likes of John Renbourn and Steve Tilston but averages only one solo album per decade since i987's Reaching Out. She draws regularly from Irish songs, many learnt from Oliver Mulligan of County Monaghan, who was part the London Irish community she grew up in. Contemporary sources include the unsung Steve Ashley's "Once In A While", where Boyle's divinely pure voice is enhanced by some exquisite clarinet. Elsewhere, Paul Downes' Planxty like guitar, Boyle's flute and the ubiquitous Jon Boden's fiddle combine to create the perfect setting for Boyle's criminally overlooked voice.