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Saskia Griffiths-Moore - Night and Day (Music Without Measure)

One or two firsts here, notably the first time I've reviewed an album produced by an artist who once established a Harley Street practice, who then went on to travel and explore music. Not so new and unusual are the musicians Saskia has hooked up with, each of whom have previously been given column inches within these pages, notably Ciaran Algar (fiddle), Lukas Drinkwater (bass) and Evan Carson (drums). Add the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee Jack Cookson to the line-up and there's a very healthy collaborative vibe behind Saskia Griffiths-Moore's songs.

Defining her music as Anglicana, Saskia explores light and shade on this her second studio album, with ten self-penned songs and a delightful reading of the traditional Wild Mountain Thyme. With a confident self-assured vocal delivery, the songs leap out at you, such as the album opener All For You and the punchy Joy of Defeat, whilst others demonstrate Saskia's handling of restraint, notably the atmospheric title song Night and Day

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky