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ALISTAIR HULETT & DAVE SWARBRICK
"Saturday Johnny & Jimmy the Rat" RATCD003.

This album contains one of my favourite songs of all time. "The Yellow Bittern". The eighteenth century poet Cathal Buidhe, who describes himself as "a sot" finds a yellow bittern that has died of thirst and fears that he might suffer a similar fate. This is an album that would not appeal to what I have called "The ploughboy tendency" - those people who can sing songs about merry ploughboys without thinking about what life was actually like for these merry lads. Political stuff, in other words, about oppressed workers in Scotland and Australia. Fine singing by Alistair Hulett with Dave Swarbrick's fiddle giving the songs, whatever their theme, a lilt and lift to the spirits.

Howard Baker

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This album was reviewed in Issue 18 of The Living Tradition magazine.