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Dave Bordewey & Dave Young - Beer & Black Pudding

Dave Bordewey & Dave Young
Beer & Black Pudding
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Wildgoose WGS 330CD

Now there's an intriguing title, 'Beer & Black Pudding!' It turns out to be the name of a tune written by Dave Young to celebrate an unusual Valentines Day present. I've enjoyed large amounts of actual beer and black pudding in my time, and now as I sit listening to these two playing I find myself enjoying the musical variety just as much.

Dave Bordewey, late of 'Crows', an excellent band of the 1980s, handles Fiddle, mandola, bodhran, bass drum, guitar and vocals with aplomb. Dave Young who came into folk music via Morris dancing is also handy on the melodeon and anglo-concertina, and is a doughty tune-writer, six of those included here being his compositions.

Back in the 1970s when I was running the Loughborough Festival, later known as The National, I liked to book musicians who could draw others around them into impromptu sessions. To this end I brought in Pete Coe (a giant of the folk revival in my eyes) and some like-minded friends. The plan worked beautifully, as all who remember the sessions under the Cedar tree will recall. So it's an extra pleasure for me to see here a set of tunes taken from the playing of Pete and Chris Coe, and named 'The Pete Coe 3'. The two Dave's repertoire is well steeped in British tradition, with a few Irish tunes along the way, played the way I like them, no fuss but just the right amount of flourish. They would have fitted right into those Loughborough sessions, in fact if I was running something similar today these lads would be on my wanted list.

Roy Harris.

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This album was reviewed in Issue 68 of The Living Tradition magazine.