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MICK RYAN & PETE HARRIS "The Widow's Promise" Terra Nova CD011

Terra Nova has been releasing a selection of back catalogue material of various styles as samplers of what's available from what is regularly categorised as "world music". Presumably Mick Ryan and Pete Harris have been included to reflect current standards of what's happening in the English corner of this musical world. Would that it were. Recordings this good are few and far between.

This CD has two first class performers in good fettle and a couple of handfuls of well chosen songs, complete with arrangements which would pass muster in any company.

Mick Ryan has long been known as a particularly fine singer and is now gaining more recognition as a songwriter. Pete Harris is a multi-instrumentalist, mostly of the string and plectrum variety, as well as being a capable and commanding singer. The songs have been selected from two of their earlier albums, "Another Place, Another Time" and "Drink up the Sun". The songs include "Bonny Light Horseman", "Salisbury Plain", "Adieu, Adieu" and some of Mick Ryan's own songs, "The Widow's Promise" and "Love is Life".

Peter Fairbairn

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