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HEIDI TALBOT & JOHN MCCUSKER - Love Is The Bridge Between Two Hearts

HEIDI TALBOT & JOHN MCCUSKER - Love Is The Bridge Between Two Hearts
Under One Sky Records UOSR006

Recording for the first time officially as a duo, this husband and wife pair has produced a “mini-album” of five songs and one tune, just in time for their UK tour during June and July.

I say “duo”, but the pair is surrounded by lots of other great musicians and singers here (people of the calibre of Michael McGoldrick, Donald Shaw, James Lindsay and Innes White) and the sound is very much a full band one. The arrangements are top-notch – as you would expect with John at the helm – and there is a relaxed, chilled out feel throughout.

Three of the songs are traditional with new bits (new tunes or amended words), one is from an old songbook, and one from the writing of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. Heidi sings beautifully, and is especially complemented by her choice of backing vocalists – Adam Holmes and John Smith – who both do an amazing job. John provides the tune with typical McCusker aplomb.

I do feel slightly cheated. I’m sure they have a few other tracks up their sleeve and I definitely could have coped with more. But this is a first-class mini-treat that leaves you with a lovely smiley glow!

Fiona Heywood

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This album was reviewed in Issue 124 of The Living Tradition magazine.