Fantastic album -- All the fun of the fair
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 13/02/2009 23:13:18
The songs on this CD are all about different aspects of the fairground. From the Building-Up Song to the Pulling-Down Song, the fair is presented in all its glory. There's the Helter Skelter, the Tattooed Lady, the striker (Show Your Strength), and of course the Gallopers. It's all here (or almost all), even including some aspects that are fast disappearing from our fairs, like the House of Wax.
Ian Carter has written some excellent lyrics and put them to very memorable (and sing-along-able) tunes. There are also contributions from Sarah Matthews (the fiddle player in the band) and John Tams, who was the Executive Producer. The whole band (9-piece) play a huge variety of instruments, including keyboards, brass, reeds (melodeons, concertinas), strings (fiddles, double bass, guitar, mandolin) and even a hurdy-gurdy. Together they create a truly magnificent sound.
I was lucky enough to be at the launch of this CD, at Derby Folk Festival in October 2008, and their live performance was every bit as good as the recorded tracks. More gigs are lined up for 2009.
Fairground people themselves (showmen) have passed favourable comments on this album, as it presents them in a fair light (for a change), and it's also getting rave reviews in the folk music press. However, I must stress that it's not restricted to a folkie audience. Everyone can find something they like in this fantastic collection.
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