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Posted By: Phil Edwards
30-May-12 - 10:23 AM
Thread Name: John Kelly Permathread
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
Here's David Kidman's review. This is the last paragraph:

John really is an excellent singer, whom we don't see often enough around the folk clubs; he has an appealing tone, a natural command of phrasing and an unerring sense of line and gentle dynamics. And it's evident from listening to these wholly satisfying renditions that for every single item on this magnificent 70-minute disc, John has lived extensively with these songs and thought long and hard about their interpretation and the optimum performing versions. His scholarship is exemplary too, as can be seen from the meticulous care with which he credits and acknowledges sources in his booklet notes.

Speaking for myself, it's one of my albums of 2011; good songs, well-arranged and in renditions as good as you'll hear from anyone. If you haven't heard John's "As I was a-wandering", in particular, you're missing out.

It's available from John, who may also have the odd copy of his first (equally good) album - mail him at harmoniumhero [at] hotmail [dot] com.