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HUW & TONY WILLIAMS "Who Are All These People"
Tudor Crescent TCSCD1008

It could be said that Huw and Tony are Wales' answer to Show of Hands. Equally, Phil and Steve could be called England's answer to Unrelated Williamses. Both duos have fan bases that are the envy of their fellow trades-people for both size and loyalty, and both cruise effortlessly between well-into-the-tradition and not-really-folky-at-all.

"Who Are All These People?" is the first albums of theirs I have played since 1991's "Junction Twenty-Six", which left me somewhat underwhelmed. (I bought it so I won't review it ...). I am happy to say that the current CD is altogether more satisfactory, as if they are now striding along confidently rather than hesitantly casting around for directions. There is just one traditional instrumental featuring a typically restrained performance by guest Ric Sanders(!), and ten songs by either Huw or Huw and Tony. Five of Huw's are from a show about Aneurin Bevan called "Generous Anger" and if the drama is anywhere near as good as the songs, then it is well worth further investigation.

The whole operation from the skill of the songwriting and musicianship to the wonderful fold out panorama on the insert is just what one would expect from such popular and purposeful professionals.

Alan Rose

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This album was reviewed in Issue 31 of The Living Tradition magazine.