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Mike Greenwood of Taplas

reviews Well Dressed by Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham

IMPECCABLY recorded, much of this first (as far as I'm aware) recorded collaboration between Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needhem. It's dedicated to the life and work of John Langstaff, an American collector of English traditional music and dance, who knew Maud Karpeles, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Douglas Kennedy. His Turtle Dove, sung in harmony with sparse piano, tuba and harmonium gently closes an album full of variety.

The artists' native Derbyshire is never far from their hearts and the album title is a reference to that county's well¬dressing custom, as illustrated by a Sarah Matthews song and there are also tunes from Winster's Morris tradition amidst the ballads, shanties and choruses. Each singer offers an occasional solo, though most vocals are shared in harmony, sometimes a cappella, sometimes accompanied by the duo's collective concertinas, or with sympathetic instrumental and vocal assistance from Ryburn valley stalwarts such as Johnny Adams.