Reviews 2004

Woodman Folk Club - Reviews

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
Robert Pwen 17/09/04
'Winners of the 2003 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo. This well-loved duo combine highly skilful and innovative performance with accessibility, warmth and stage presence. Rarely are duos so full in sound; Nancy's earthy and exquisite fiddle and viola playing dances with the striking rhythmic texture of James's guitar-bouzouki, while their rich singing both as soloists and in harmony evokes the stories of the songs they choose and write. They approach their music with energy and infectious smiles. Rapid musical communication with one another and the audience makes their performance spectacular and unforgettable.' This is what it says on their web site and it was exactly what we got on Friday night. They were on top form perhaps it was because they had enjoyed the floor singers, Ian, Bryn, NTP and a delightful young newcomer by the name of Kerri, or perhaps it was the enthusiasm of the audience or maybe they are just always that good!

We received an onslaught of songs played with precision, enthusiasm and supreme musical talent. Their trademark song 'Dance to your Daddy' was a musical feast with Nancy playing and singing at the same time as well as dropping in single notes! All in all it was a wonderful night. Nancy and James, come back soon.