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BOB WOOD "When The Moon Sits Fat On A Scudding Cloud"
Timber Records TBR0012

I must first declare a vested interest in this album's welfare. Bob Wood is resident-in-chief at my local folk club - the Ram, in Claygate, Surrey - and if I don't say nice things about his strangely named offering (it's a line from one of the songs, but it's still strange) he won't play my requests. And requests there are a-plenty, because Bob has a wealth of goodies up his sleeve.

He is also well known to festival-goers, particularly at Cleethorpes and Whitby, none of who will need me to tell them this album is packed with varied gems - from Burns and Richard Thompson to Steve Tilston's "Slip Jigs & Reels" and Bill Staines' "Roseville Fair", taking in Lister, Lovett and Lowe on the way.

Bob is a fine guitarist, usually adopting open tunings, all of which are given in the lovingly presented insert. For the CD he is accompanied by friends who happen also to be musicians of the standard of Pauline Cato and Tom McConville, under the careful control of Bob's compatriot Benny Gallagher. It's a labour of love - and a cracker.

Graham Gurrin

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This album was reviewed in Issue 34 of The Living Tradition magazine.