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reviews Floating Verses by Mary Humphreys & Anahata

Mary Humphries & Anahata are well known and well loved on the folk scene and I personally enjoyed Anahatas past performances at Leigh Folk Festival. This CD consists of English tradition songs, especially from their native East Anglia, with good heritage: Sharp, Purcell, Vaughan Williams and Suffolk pubs!
Marys rustic tones together with her instrumental skills on concertina & banjo work well; marry them with Anahatas versatility on cello, and his many squeezeboxes, add a little help from their friends on fiddle, recorder & guitar and together they work very well indeed.
The track that stands out for me is an instrumental, Geld Him, Lasses Geld Him, a hornpipe by Purcell arranged by Alistair Anderson ? brilliant (Sorry Mary) . ... Or, is it Maid Freed from the Gallows, a Sharp song with snatches of Morris tunes between verses that works very well too? Actually this CD grew on me: it has variety, some really catchy tunes and innovative arrangements that just as you think you know where it is going, it changes and goes somewhere else  very interesting  I am going out now and it is coming with me to play in the car  say no more. Get it.