Album: Belshazzar's Feast, Frost Bites (Wild Goose)

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A member of Bellowhead (oboe, cor anglais, violin, vox) and another bloke (accordion) tackle a mummer's dozen (eight) songs that pertain in some way or other to the frigid season. Jigs, reels, ballads, carols: that sort of thing.

And it's good in many ways. The voice is a jaunty but chilly English tenor (slightly higher than an English baritone) and the accordion shapes a not always consonant landscape in which that tenor might shiver and stamp its feet. Interesting stuff, if possibly a shade too idiomatic for non-folk tastes.