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Both Ears And The Tail
Review of CD by Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick

By Julius Timmerman
Posted Thursday, January 10, 2008

This long-lost live recording from 1966 is a brilliant example of the youthful exuberance of the UK folk revival in full swing. Carthy on guitar and vocal and Swarbrick on fiddle and mandolin match motors and, even if they're not as accomplished as they would later be, they really hum! From swaggering instrumentals like Drowsy Maggie, Mason’s Apron, Four Poster Bed and Kid on the Mountain, to evergreen standards like High Germany, Sovay, Bonnie Black Hare, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, The Broomfield Hill, Man of Newlyn Town and The Two Magicians, plus lots more, this album is a constant delight. This performance really showcases the great talents of these legends of UK folk, who are still recording together.

The recording quality is very good and the packaging excellent. Superb.


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