A Review of the Emily & Hazel Askew EP
"Six By Two"
"Six By Two"(WildGoose Studios: WGS329CD)
by Emily and Hazel Askew
Copyright: WildGoose Studios 2005.
This review is written by Dai Woosnam, email@example.com, 12/05
I had heard tell good things of this
very youthful British folk duo. And when I got this EP arrive on my
desk courtesy of Doug Bailey and his fine WildGoose Studios label, I
thought it politic to check out the sisters' website.
From it I discovered that “Emily and Hazel are a fiddle and melodeon
duo playing and singing folk music mainly from the English tradition.
Formally in the Hampshire Band "Rubber Chicken", they have been
performing together for several years though only for a year with this
line up. They were finalists in the New Roots Competition, winning the
top prize of Towersey, Sidmouth and Oxford Folk Festivals amongst other
Well that tells it like it is. Nicely understated. No hyperbole.
And having heard their 23 minutes of solid work here, I have to say
that they play as they write themselves up. That is to say with
integrity and with no attempt at the flashy and gimmicky approach. With
“Time” very much on their side, they have put down a marker here with
this collection of traditional instrumentals and ballads.
One rather senses that God willing, 50 years hence, this little EP will
be a collectors' item, and will fetch a fine price. So that might be
good reason to buy it. The modest £6 current retail price might
be a second.
But the third reason is they really are rather good in their own right.
Emily's fiddle is always authoritative and Hazel's melodeon is not so
submissive that it kow-tows: on the contrary each pays its equal rent
in every number.
And Hazel handles the couple of traditional ballads with considerable
sangfroid. You'd have thought she'd been doing it for years.
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