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Jackie Oates & Megan Henwood Jackie Oates & Megan Henwood
Album: Wings
Label: Dharma
Tracks: 5

This delightful EP strikes two chords in one go. Firstly it serves to support a number of shows throughout August and September being staged by Jackie and Megan. Secondly it will both encourage and enable somewhat ambivalent listeners of folk music to perhaps look at the genre in a different light. This offering uses a mix of traditional folk and newly penned material to synchronise in one exceptional, if very short, package.

Jackie Oates is well known to the folk fraternity having already received rave reviews for her work with Martin Carthy and Imagined Village as well as delivering six solo albums to date.

Megan Henwood won the BBC Young Folk Award in 2009 although she has since broadened her musical appeal and is a regular on Radio 2. She is currently in the process of producing her third album and preparing for a nationwide tour in November and December.

Having met at a local folk club, Jackie and Megan discovered that their voices and musicianship complemented each other perfectly and Jackie was soon playing and singing harmonies on Megan's latest album. Both talented musicians as well as singers, Jackie and Megan are supported on the EP by Pete Thomas on Double Bass and the whole thing comes together quite beautifully. "What's The Use Of Wings" written by Brian Bedford is quite simply a stunning piece of folk music that sends shivers up my spine.

At a price of just over £8, this EP may be perceived by some as being expensive for just five tracks, but it is rare to hear two voices in such perfect harmony and, to my mind, is well worth the investment. It will certainly leave you wanting much more!

Rory Stanbridge