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Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby - In America (Cabritunes)

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Virginia-born singer-songwriter Cathryn Craig and ex-Strawbs guitarist Brian Willoughby release their latest album comprising a dozen self-penned songs, including some of the duo's most personal to date. The title song itself is evocative of that notable period of uncertainty, as Irish immigrants set sail for the promised land, mirrored in the effective cover artwork. With some of Cathryn's most sensitive singing to date, together with Brian's fluid guitar accompaniment, the songs are treated to some delicate musical arrangements, underpinned by some graceful cello, accordion and whistle flurries, further evoking the period. If the twelve songs written for the project were not enough, then the duo also include a handful of bonus songs at the end, two of which salute artists both Cathryn and Brian have worked with over the years including The Righteous Brothers (You've Lost That Loving Feeling) and Mary Hopkin (Those Were the Days). Once again, the duo's own personal greatest hit Alice's Song appears as a bonus, a song that exemplifies the duo's credentials for writing great songs.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky