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Jed Grimes - North Face (Blue Guitar Records)
This six song mini-album by North East folk stalwart Jed Grimes sees the Ashington-born singer and musician teaming up once again with fellow Hedgehog Pie bandmate Mick Doonan, whose Uillean pipes, whistles and flutes can be heard throughout. The six traditional songs and tunes have each been arranged by the twice BBC Folk Award nominated musician, including such familiar fare as The Snow it Melts the Soonest, Pride of Kildare and Rake and Rambling Boy, with a couple of instrumentals, including the seasonal Shetland waltz Christmas Day in Da Morn. The eight-minute Spalpeen Aroon/An Phisloach concluding piece evokes the sense of isolation and rugged charm of the Northern coastline as a storm brews in the cover photograph. For those of us who recall with fondness the ever-changing line-up of Hedgehog Pie in the 1970s, the sound of the songs on this album will no doubt stir pleasing memories.