Girl who Couldnt Fly

02 September 2005

Charming, disarming and deceptively subtle, Kate Rusby had already proved to be one of England’s finest interpreters of traditional material and other people’s songs, and now she sets out to show her growing confidence as a songwriter.
Her own compositions ‘ which form over half of this set ‘ include songs of lost love like The Lark, or the joyful Fare Thee Well, both of which sound as if they could have been around or centuries. She moves away from the traditional with No Names, a lyrically simple but effective sound of parting, and the more thoughtful and drifting Moon Shadow, which shows of the sturdy playing from her acoustic band. The one surprise is that 1952 pop song You Belong to Me, which was revived by Bob Dylan on Natural Born Killers soundtrack, and emerges here as a classic, wistful Rusby ballad. She’s a great singer, not just a great folk singer. RD

02 September 2005

Rusby exudes rustic Yorkshire charm on her sixth collection of mostly trad folk tunes, sung in a voice of appealing but uncompromising purity. Her staunch traditionalism remains unadulterated.
Nigel Williamson
Daily Mirror

The British folk scene has been in fine form of late, and the tender-voiced Rusby is one of the main reasons why. Autumnal brass and rich strings mix with whistles and harmoniums to make this collection of original and traditional songs a gilded setting for her jewelled charms.

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