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BRIAN PETERS "Different Tongues" Pugwash Music PUGCD005

Many of Brian Peters previous albums have highlighted his magnificent instrumental playing, especially on melodeon and concertina (see Squeezing Out Sparks for instance) and although there are a few tune sets on this new offering, this time he has concentrated on songs. He has a fine ear for choosing material and has assembled a really excellent batch, which are performed to his usual high standard. It's great to hear All Around My Hat restored from a chugalong pub thrash to a thoughtful, wistful beautiful song once again.

The album is nicely varied with slower, wistful songs like Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still juxtaposed with the drive of Bold Lovell. The accompaniments are sensitive and beautifully done, with some particularly effective fiddle from Jeff Davis and lovely guitar from Gordon Tyrell to complement Brian's squeezers and guitar. For me, the highlight is the unaccompanied version of The Outlandish Knight, a superb version (from Irish Traveller Bill Cassidy) which is given a superb performance, nicely paced and quite riveting. A lot of the best albums don't require much to be said: I think this is Brian Peters' finest album to date - and that's saying something.

Paul Burgess

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This album was reviewed in Issue 55 of The Living Tradition magazine.