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NICK CAFFREY "Long Looked for Come at Last" Antique Records TAR005

All I knew of Nick until this CD arrived was a name at the foot of some choice LT reviews, but now I can report that he is a folk-scene veteran, currently part of Th'Antique Roadshow (who join him for two tracks) and twenty-several years ago with Litany (who reformed to join him for two more). The only modern song of the fourteen is his own "The Dandy Factory", which tells of extreme industrial unrest in Nineteenth-century Blackburn, so it can be safely assumed that he is an unashamed North of England tradophile, especially taking into account the affection and authority contained in his insert notes on the songs.

Th' Roadshow are a three-part unaccompanied male trio, Litany use guitar, fiddle and bass to accompany the mellow Caffrey vocals, and Nick Dow provides guitar back-up on another two tracks, so there is plenty of variety in sound texture to complement the already varied emotional range of material drawn from all corner of Brit-trad.

The icing on this highly satisfactory cake is the wonderfully original artwork by David Caffrey (Nick's son) which emphasises the home-grown team-effort atmosphere which pervades the whole package. "Well Done" stickers to all concerned.

Alan Rose

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This album was reviewed in Issue 30 of The Living Tradition magazine.