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Josephine Anthony & The Last Ones LeftJosephine Anthony & The Last Ones Left
Album: Spaces In Between
Label: Nitebird
Tracks: 10
Website: http://www.thelastonesleft.co.uk

Ten years in the making, the debut album from Glasgow based Josephine Anthony & The Last Ones Left ploughs the field of gentle reflective folk music.

Recorded and mixed at home between 2004 and 2010 it features a retrospective history of Josephine solo, with Craig Whitehill (guitars, mandolin) as a duo and two tracks with the band "The Last Ones" which includes fiddle player Kathyn O'Neil.

The stand out track here is "Now I'm Getting Worried" which would fit seamlessly onto the "Five Leaves Left" album of Nick Drake. It's that good.

Elsewhere the enchantment continually comes from the pure as crystal water voice of Jo as she takes us through traditional folk fare of love, social comment with the odd murder ("Henry McArthur") thrown in.

Beware this album isn't immediate, but it does reward with repeated plays, "Spaces In Between", "Torch" and the sing along "Wave Me From The Broomielaw" a tale of emigration in the 19th Century, soon impregnate and resonate.

By the end of week I'm still appreciating it, a definite "grower".

Ian Cripps