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BOB DAVENPORT & THE RAKES Fellside FECD 122 The Red Haired Lad ● CD $16.98
New recordings from two English folk institutions - singer Davenport and dance band The Rakes who have been performing together for more than 40 years. A collection of mostly traditional songs and tunes.

THE DEIGHTON FAMILY Philo 1120 Acoustic Music To Suit Most Occasions ● CD $15.98
A delightfully diverse collection of music by Yorkshireman Dave Deighton, his Dutch-Indonesian wife Josie and their four children Rosalie, Kathleen, Arthur and Maya. Between them they play a wide variety of instruments including melodeon, harmonica, acoustic guitar, bodhran, tin whistle, flute, mandolin, fiddle, percussion and, in spite of the album title, electric guitar. The material includes unusual and effective arrangements of rock & r&b standards like All Shook Up, Money, Blue Suede Shoes and others plus traditional country (Handsome Molly/ Going Down The Road), traditional songs and music from the British Isles (Two Little Boys/Give The Fiddler A Dram and more. Some fine and enjoyable singing and playing.

THE DEIGHTON FAMILY Philo 1130 Mama Was Right ● CD $15.98
Second delightful album by this family from South Yorkshire featuring Yorkshireman Dave Deighton, his Indonesian wife Josie and their son and 4 daughters on a wide variety of instruments including acoustic & electric guitar, melodeon, bodhran, whistle, flute, mandolin, fiddle, percussion, etc. The material is mostly American country and old timey but with a decided English flavor. All, in all, most entertaining music. (FS)

SANDY DENNY Hannibal HNCD 1328 The Best Of Sandy Denny ● CD $15.98
16 of her greatest recordings.

SANDY DENNY Hannibal 4423 Rendezvous ● CD $15.98
1973 solo recording with Jerry Donahue, Dave Mattacks, Steve Winwood, Richard Thompson and more. 10 cuts.

SANDY DENNY Island 524 493-2 "Gold Dust" Live At The Royalty ● CD $11.98
17 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
Recorded live at Sandy's last concert in November, 1977 just five months before her sudden unexpected death in a household fall at the age of 31 reminds us, if we need reminding, that that fall stilled one of the greatest voices to emerge from the English folk scene. The last of a series of concerts that marked her return to live performing after a two year hiatus she is joined on stage by her "friends" - and what friends - guitarist Jerry Donahue, husband Trevor Lucas on guitar and backup vocals, steel guitarist Pete Wilsher, bassist Pat Donaldson and Dave Mattacks on drums. Except for Richard Thompson's For Shame Of Doing Wrong and Bob Dylans' Tomorrow Is A Long Time, the rest is all original songs drawn from throughout her career - Stranger To Himself/ Take Me Away/ The Sea/ Gold Dust/ Wretched Wilbur/ The North Star Grassman/ No More Sad Refrains/ John The Gun/ Who Knows Where The Time goes and other gems. Years of smoking have taken a toll on her voice but it is still one of the most beautiful and expressive instruments you will ever hear. Live sound quality isn't perfect and some of the guitar parts and backing vocals were added recently but it still remains a magnificent set. "No more sad refrains"? I don't think so! (FS)

SANDY DENNY Mooncrest 002 The Original Sandy Denny ● CD $15.98
Sandy Denny was truly one of the great voices on the British folk scene and her death in 1978 at the age of 30 robbed the world of a remarkable talent. She came to the attention of most listeners when she joined Fairport Convention in 1968 but prior to that she had been active on the London club scene for several years. The recordings here were originally made in 1967 for the Saga label and feature Sandy accompanied by her own guitar and an unnamed second guitarist and bas player on a selection of American and British traditional songs along with contemporary songs from Jackson Frank, Tom Paxton, Alex Campbell and others. Although her greatest years were ahead of her and the material and arrangements are rather dull the breathtaking crystalline purity of her voice is evident and, while not essential, this is certainly worth a listen. (FS)

SANDY DENNY, TREVOR LUCAS & FRIENDS Raven 46 The Attic Tracks, 1972-1984 ● CD $18.98
18 tracks, 75 mins, highly recommended A wonderful collection of mostly previously unissued or very rare material featuring the wonderful voices of Sandy Denny and her husband Trevor Lucas. The title of the set refers to the fact that these recordings were stored in Trevor's attic at his home in Sidney, Australia and were previously made avilable on a series of limited edition cassettes. Among the highlights are the previously unissued song Moments from Sandy's last session for Island in May 1977, Trevor's ferocious live version of The Ballad Of Ned Kelley, Sandy does Listen, Listen from her 1972 album "Sandy" in French (!), a couple of piano accompanied demos for the "Rising For The Moon" album, Tevor's rocking Breakaway and his moving versions of Town I Loved So Well and Forever Young and three songs from 1977 live show including a stunning 6 1/2 minute version of Who Knows Where The Time Goes. There's lots more good stuff here too. Sound quality is superb and the 20 page booklet has extensive notes by John Penhallow, details on all the performances and some terrific photos. Royalties generated from the sale of this disc will be used to fund the education and/or welfare of Sandy & Trevor's children and Trevor's widow. There's lot's more material available so if this disc is a success we can look forward to more. (FS)

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