Mary Humphreys & Anahata
Floating Verses (WildGoose - WGS 322 CD)
Mary and Anahata have been playing traditional music at folk clubs and
festivals since 2001.
They have made three albums together and this is their latest. Mary sings
traditional songs, mostly in English and a few in Welsh, and plays banjo
and concertina. Anahata accompanies with melodeons, concertina and cello.
They also perform instrumentals.
Her singing has reminiscences of the semi gypsy vocal style beloved of
many Irish folk singers, but without that shrill timbre many have. Her
choice of songs is varied, mixing popular gems such as "Green Grows
the Laurel" and "If I was a Blackbird" with ballads like
"Fair Margaret & Sweet William".
Instrumentally they are adventurous - for instance "Geld him, lasses,
geld him" (arranged by Alistair Anderson) and an unnamed hornpipe
by Purcell - are played in 6/4 time. I like the morris snippets in the
ubiquitous "Prickly Bush".