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Saturday 19 April 2014

Library full of beautifully hewn folk songs

Joyce the Librarian

They Might Put Land Between Us

(Folkwit Records)

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For some years now, folk aficionado Martin Callingham has been plying a trade that's largely gone unnoticed outside his native Bristol.

But discerning music fans everywhere are set to be charmed by his oh-so- subtle brand of songcraft now that his band, Joyce the Librarian, have finally got around to recording their debut album.

They Might Put Land Between Us is a frequently gorgeous collection of beautifully hewn folk songs that are built around a large panoply of instruments.

Acoustic guitars are to the fore, but organs, cellos and flugelhorns provide the texture that elevate the tracks above the ordinary.

The vast bulk of the songs meander along at a stately pace, but such is the band's astute arrangements and the warm timbre of Callingham's vocals that even the gentle moments can be quietly arresting.

And they're capable of catchy, radio-friendly moments too, as the harmony-driven lead single Follow Me, I'm Right Behind You so ably demonstrates.

KEY TRACKS Follow Me, I'm Right Behind You; Traps

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