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Album: UCLU Folk & World Music Society Compilation Album Volume II
Label: Self REleased
Tracks: 10
Website: https://www.facebook.com/UCLUFolkSociety

The second compilation from the University College London Union Folk & World Society follows on the first with ten tracks of musical diversity.

Jimmy Grayburn & The Medlars open with a banjo driven song "The Session" and with a distinctive voice it's a pleasant start, a more rustic Mumfords moment is perhaps an adequate description. Enjoyable.

"Awake or Asleep" catches the ear, just guitar and vocal it showcases the songwriting of Molly Sharp and Josie Brown.

World music is covered by Claudia Vega with her song "Montezuma", whilst "Logic" introduces us to Amy Kirk-Smith whose delicate vocal delivery is so warm and inviting you just want to listen again and again.

And so it goes on, a mix of original songs interspersed with traditional that shine with confidence, if you didn't know you could be forgiven for accepting this album as a commercial release from a label such as Topic.

As with any compilation there will be tracks that jump out through their sheer "difference" Blue Cheese's "Yam" is one, Charlie Egan drums, Clémence Robert (charango and Lucie Trémolière cello added five minutes of atmospheric instrumental loveliness.

Hannah Donelon's accapella take on "Rocks Of Bawn" drips the required sadness, whilst "Wild Horses" by Nyima Murry is one of those slow burning strumming songs that stick with you.

The traditional "Napoleon's Pullet" a group effort by the UCLU Celidh Band closes the album and as it speeds up it's a fitting end to a record that all those involved in should take great credit.

Most enjoyable.

Ian Cripps