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JANE & AMANDA THRELFALL- Revisited

JANE & AMANDA THRELFALL- Revisited
Beehive Music WBCD003

I wondered on receiving this CD just what was being 'Revisited'.  The booklet notes tell me that the recording came about in answer to requests for a further album after two previous ones had been deleted.  Somehow I had missed both of those earlier albums so this 'revisit' is my first visit to the music of the Threlfall Sisters, and a most welcome one it is.

They sing with a sweet and gentle, but not twee, blend of voices, and accompany their songs fittingly on a selection from guitar, bouzouki, mandola, fiddle and viola.  The excellent Roger Edwards, who works with the sisters under the name 'Trio Threlfall,  joins in on Anglo concertina and guitar to great effect, blending skilfully with the ladies and fronting up with verve on instrumentals such as Double Lead Through,a hugely enjoyable track.

In truth I find all the tracks on this CD hugely enjoyable. The Threlfall's controlled but heartfelt singing brings out the beauty of their songs so clearly, and although some of the titles seem very familiar this is no handicap. I can listen to songs like Bushes and Briars, and Claudy Banks over and over again when sung so well and in such variants.  It's been years since I heard On the Banks of Allan Water, and here it is, with a superb concertina/viola accompaniment, another delight in an album full of irresistible charm, to which I happily succumb. 

Roy Harris

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This album was reviewed in Issue 82 of The Living Tradition magazine.