Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
Between the Dark and Light FECD167
There cant be many folk people who havent heard of this
duo, or seen them at
concerts or festivals. This is their fourth album and contains "traditional
original music from Northumberland, Australia and beyond". Also
Sandra Kerr, Tim van Eyken and Alan Burton.
Nancy (fiddle) uses a number of Northumbrian tunes and songs - Dance
Daddy, Meggys Foot, Coates Hall, Elsie Marley, My Laddie Sits
Ower Late Up,
Cuckold Come Out The Amry.
James (bouzouki, guitar) contributes the Australian songs - The Outside
(rather mournful), The Drovers Boy and Kellys Farewell. Hes
a strong singer
reminiscent of Martin Wyndham-Read with undertones of Nic Jones. He
credited with some interesting tunes. My favourite is intriguingly named
Bender (he makes shapes out of wires!). Its a never-ending piece
in a weird time
Nancys solo unaccompanied song Is the murder ballad Strawberry
otherwise known as Bruton Town, which she does full justice.
All in all this is a well-rounded album by two very highly rated performers.