A Review of the Various Artistes CD

by Various Artistes

Copyright BBC Radio Lincolnshire, 2004.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire YBR 101
email: maureen.townend@bbc.co.uk

This review is written by Dai Woosnam, daigress@hotmail.com, 10/04

Well, there are fine charity causes, and fine compilation CDs. Trouble is that the two are rarely synonymous. I have one or two fine compilation CDs in my possession that frankly seem to be supporting a less-than-compelling cause. And vice versa: a wonderful cause let down by a shoddy hastily nailed together mishmash. And a MISMATCHED mishmash at that.

But here the two come together brilliantly. There can be no greater cause than the UK's BBC Radio Lincolnshire “Go For Gold” appeal: viz. to send desperately-ill children to Lapland this year to see Father Christmas, and then couple it with a CD where Lincolnshire's finest folk musicians waive all royalties to donate a track.

Yellowbellies (the term for natives of England's second-biggest county) are amongst the staunchest Folk fans in Britain. This album is already selling well @ £10 each throughout all the folk clubs in the county, and in a myriad other outlets. It is all the brainchild of Les Worrall of the Market Rasen Folk Club, ably assisted by Tom Lane, the well-known folk radio presenter.

The quality of artiste here could represent BRITAIN, not just Lincolnshire.

The 16 tracks are from 16 different performers (three times that number had wanted to contribute!): heavyweights like John Conolly and Bill Whaley & Dave Fletcher are to be found on the CD, but so also are the nationally lesser-known.

Not a weak track there. I would like to mention them all but space restricts me to just three. The great Brian Dawson's marvellous delivery of the traditional song “The Owls and the Mice” had me in fits; the astonishing intensity of Kate Abbott's singing of Mark Addison's compelling “Sea Change”; and Dave Evardson's “Thrown It All Away”. He has never written a better song.

Oh, I cannot end the review without mentioning a fourth song. I haven't mentioned the best song, because it is one I constantly champion, and my subconscious told me to “give it a rest”. But I cannot.

The best song on an already fine album, is the opening song. Miranda Sykes (another figure now well-known in folk circles far beyond her native county) sings her dad's composition “Lincolnshire Song”. It is nothing short of a masterpiece in song composition, and deserves to become officially adopted as the County's Anthem.

As you will appreciate, outside Lincolnshire you will not easily obtain this album. But you can get it if you e-mail this lady at Radio Lincolnshire:

Dai Woosnam
Grimsby, England

Track List:

  1. MIRANDA SYKES ­ Lincolnshire Song (John Sykes)
  2. STITHERUM ­ Sixteen Miles for Every Acre (Sue & Mike Dewsbury)
  3. JOHN BLANKS ­ Annachie Gordon (Trad)
  4. CARA ­ Abbeyfeale (D. Oakley)
  5. BILL WHALEY & DAVE FLETCHER ­ Follow The Drum (Dave Fletcher)
  6. WINTER/WILSON ­ Being There (Dave Wilson)
  7. BRIAN DAWSON ­ The Owls and the Mice (Trad)
  8. AKMED'S CAMEL ­ Donkey and the Cart/Sourcery (K. Biggs)
  9. DAVE & JULIE EVARDSON ­ Thrown it all Away (Dave Evardson)
  10. SIMON JOHNSON ­ Senoran Desert Queen (Simon Johnson)
  11. OLD PARROT BAND ­ Wise Old Love (P. & C. Dickinson)
  12. ROSIE & LUCY COGGLE ­ Spilt Raspberries/Julia Delaney's/The Banshee/Paddy Fahy's (Coggle/Trad)
  13. COLIN & KAREN THOMPSON ­ F223 (R. Jones)
  14. KATE ABBOTT ­ Sea Change (Mark Addison)
  15. JOHN CONOLLY ­ Fiddlers' Green (John Conolly)
  16. LIAM ROBINSON ­ Plough Jag Song/Congress at Laceby/Market Rasen Feast (Trad)

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