James Dumbleton with Andy ClarkeJames Dumbleton with Andy Clarke
Album: Houmet Paradis
Label: Waulk
Tracks: 11

Houmet Pardadis named after an islet off Guernsey which was bought anonymously by locals and administered by the National Trust is an album of traditional music and folk song featuring the mandolin playing of West Country man James Dumbelton accompanied by Andy Clarke on bouzouki.

On the tune sets, many of which will be perhaps familiar such as "Jenny Lind" the pace is clear and perfectly precise, it's an encouraging start for those listeners who want to pick up and learn the less well known sets that follow.

The songs demonstrate slight yet delicately pleasing vocals, you find yourself slowing down and concentrating on listening.

There's Morris influenced music and a slight medieval feel to many of the tracks with mandolin playing controlled and sharp throughout.

Add in tracks such as Phil Beer's "The Falmouth Pocket", a couple of charming Hornpipes, a Jig or two and some self penned tracks such as "Frolics" and Andy Clarke's excellent "Yew Tree and you have an album to learn from of well crafted traditional folk.

Ian Cripps