Ivor & Kevan Bundell
Far as Far (2010)
Their previous album Stood on the Shore (2006) was an excellent album of English folk music, and this follow-up is a logical evolution of their sound. They mine a rich seam of traditional material such as the wonderful opener Gypsy Davey, while their own material is written in a folk style which sits nicely alongside the songs by Anon. In particular, The Stranger is brilliant (and is co-written with long-term collaborator Paul Gateshill, whose fine lead guitar playing weaves in and out of this album), while Langollen Canal is beautifully evocative. The brothers are accomplished musicians, singers and songwriters, and their collaborations with family and friends are delightful accompaniment to the well-crafted songs on this record. --James R. Turner

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