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Grace Notes
FellsideFECD209
www.gracenotesfolk.co.uk
Grace Notes is the trio of Maggie Boyle, Helen Hockenhull and Lynda Hardcastle.  All of them of course are well known performers on the folk scene.  They made their recording debut in 1994 and this is their third CD for Fellside.
They are renowned for is their harmony singing and the instrumental accompaniment is minimal (Helen's piano and Maggie’s flute). It does though provide a much needed contrast to the unaccompanied singing.
There are 14 tracks and the range of songs is very wide - from trad to Richard Thompson, incorporating Donovan and Loudon Wainwright III.
The starter - ‘When the Ship Comes ln' is my stand out track (even allowing for the North Country pronunciation of ‘come’ which made it sound like Kate Rusby).  It was only by looking at the writing credits that l saw it was by Bob Dylan!  Listening to this I painted a mental picture of them standing round the piano and
harmonising.
Another interesting one is ‘The Gardener’ which starts off like a typical slow unaccompanied ballad, but then picks up rhythm and has a definite bluegrass feel about it. l could hear an imaginary banjo frailing in the background!
Ivan North.
Orpington Folk Club
Orpington Folk Music & Song