Songs of murderers, highwaymen and mill workers, sailors, pirates and boozers, not forgetting the Devil himself. Plus great tunes, old and new, on the melodeon and anglo-concertina, and a talented cast of friends providing musical back-up: Sarah Matthews (fiddle), Jenny Coxon (hammered dulcimer), Loraine Baker (double bass, vocal), Mike Nacey (mandola), Bonz (banjo, guitar, vocal), Richard Peters (alto sax), and Margaret Peters (vocal).
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“Not only a top-notch singer and player, but also one of the best-researched performers currently doing the rounds. It might seem easy to describe this as “a bit of everything album” – but what bits! Brian’s concertina and melodeon playing is immediately recognisable, combining drive, intricacy and originality whilst retaining absolute respect for, and understanding of, the traditions from which he draws…. The balance of the whole CD is quite sublime, never too serious or too lighthearted. There certainly is something for everyone here – existing fans will have all their buttons pushed, and any new audience will immediately realise that they are listening to a master of his several crafts.
Gordon Potter, The Living Tradition
Brian Peters is a man of considerable talent; a singer with a relaxed yet compelling style, one of the country's finest melodeon players, a concertina player of repute and an accomplished guitarist. For those in doubt, all these talents are revealed on this, his new CD.
Baz Parkes, English Dance & Song
After the tremendous Songs of Trial and Triumph collection of Child Ballads, this is a more varied offering from Brian Peters. More varied in terms of material, that is; not in quality, as this is another cracker of a set from this outstanding performer. Peters puts his voice, boxes and guitar fully in service of the song. The result is a compelling collection of direct performances which, while eschewing extraneous flash, are all the more powerful for their rough-hewn emotional authenticity. Stir in a couple of rollicking dance tunes and this makes for a great set of flesh-and-blood English folk from a master of his craft.
Oz Hardwick, R2
“Grit is always present in Brian’s performances, signalled by his forthright no-nonsense delivery, abundant integrity and enthusiasm allied to an intense commitment to (and thoughtful presentation of) his chosen material. A rounded, well balanced sequence with plentiful contrasts in pace, mood and instrumentation, and a superbly realised interpretation of Prospect, Providence, one of the finest creations of the late Keith Marsden.”
David Kidman, fROOTS
“Full of delights… Brian’s life's work has been concerned with unearthing beautiful and unusual songs and tunes and performing them to his utmost. He always surprises with beautiful and original versions that he has dug out of the archives. I would recommend this CD to anyone who wants to hear traditional songs performed by a master of story-telling…. [and] the instrumentals on this CD are a delight. If you would like to hear some new tunes performed by one of England's acknowledged masters of the melodeon and anglo concertina, this is for you.
Mary Humphries, Mardles