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XIM - "989" - CRCD 9.9632
This is an album called "989", by a group called XIM (in case you thought it was an album called "XIM" by a group called 989). Like the product in the TV ad, the CD is "tasty, tasty, very very tasty… ". The members are Nick Carpenter, Kate Ross, Paddy Shaw and Frank Vickers; it's a recent recording, done in Spring this year in Norwich, and features melodeons, darbuka, flutes, bass, djembe, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, bodhran and tambourine. The standard is consistently good, lovely in bits, and the tunes are all penned by the group working in different combinations (with Shaw just having the edge in prolific terms), and have great titles like '2CV', 'The Whiffler' and 'The Clint Eastwood Waltz'. This is precisely my cup of tea - a gem well worth a listen.

Hector Christie

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This album was reviewed in Issue 40 of The Living Tradition magazine.