Kevin Bryan gives his verdict on some of this week’s CD releases. Joe Danks “Seaspeak” (English Folk Dance and Song Society) – singer, musician and die-hard Morris dancer Joe Danks is from Nottingham, and “Seaspeak” begins his response Twelve months spent at Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum. Fortunately, this impressive and eminently melodic collection avoids the recent, rather bizarre interest in the joys of sea shanties and instead spoils the audience with haunting interpretations of Ewan MacColl’s “Sweet Thames Flow Softly” and a beautiful setting of John Masefield’s popular poem “Sea Fever”.
Rod Picott “Wood, Steel, Dust & Dreams” (Welding Rod Records) – This consistently excellent singer-songwriter has had a fruitful creative partnership with childhood friend and musical soulmate Slaid Cleaves for the past three decades or so, and Rod’s new 2- CD set is based on reinterpreted re-recordings of all the songs the two men have written together over the years. Picott’s mesmerizing amalgamation of Americana, alternative country, and folk always pays off when you investigate, and the ex-construction worker is captured here at his intimate and no-frills best as he unveils a limited edition package of just a thousand signed copies that is never digital than will be available this uncompromising character takes a defiant stance towards the contemporary scourge of vaping. Instead, invest in the CD while supplies last and immerse yourself to your heart’s content in the charm of outstanding tracks such as “Dreams”, “Broke Down” and “Wrecking Ball”. Honey and the Bear, “Journey Through The Roke” (self-published) – East Anglia-based roots music duo Lucy and Jon Hart have been Honey and the Bear at concerts and festivals in the UK and continental Europe for seven years . The recently enforced lockdown gave the couple the opportunity to create and complete their second album, the unusual title of which refers to “Roke”, the Suffolk dialect word for the mist that rises from the swamps of their homeland. The multi-instrumental songwriters serve up a fresh and innovative folk-based package that is dominated by freshly minted new material, with the exception of Lucy’s haunting version of the only traditional song on the album, the ever-popular Irish ballad “My Lagan Love”.