Kate Rusby 20

Written by Nick Churchill
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Marking the 20th anniversary of her music-making career by revisiting some of the songs that have signposted her travels from folk club upstart to one of Britain's most distinctive and much-loved voices.

Thus, standouts from her back pages such as Awkward Annie (with Nickel Creek's prog-bluegrass boy wonder Chris Thile) and Underneath the Stars (with the devoutly old school Grimethorpe Colliery Band) are refreshed by reinterpretation. Mary Chapin Carpenter makes her presence warmly felt on the festive beauty of Home, as the stalwart Eddi Reader is joined by the equally staunch Dick Gaughan on the landmark Wandering Soul.

Gaughan, who also crops up on the trad-folk Jolly Plough Boys, adds a determinedly male presence to the record that makes perfect sense alongside Paul Weller's contribution to the album's new song, Sun Grazers, a superb slice of impassioned soul-folk with a finely honed pop hook that warrants the mainstream action and investigation The Modfather's involvement is likely to attract.

Richard Thompson is joined by Radiohead drummer Phil Selway to add a deft touch to Who Will Sing Like Me?, as do Paul Brady to the beautiful setting of All God's Angels and Stephen Fretwell to Wild Goose.

All of which adds up to a beautifully judged collection with enough entry points to both broaden Kate Rusby's appeal to the new initiates and confirm her popularity as traditional music's beacon holder in an age of easy charms.

© Words - Nick Churchill


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