Album: Kate Rusby, 20 (Island)

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An Island debut for Rusby's comely take on English folk.

But can it really be 20 years? Apparently so. They start young in folk. The point is to celebrate that anniversary and so we get 20 songs (some trad, some self-penned) enlivened by an enormous cast list of guest chums: Nic Jones, Richard Thompson, Paul Weller and on and on. Two discs of elegance and accomplishment, but not a whole lot of dynamic energy. She gives great wistful, though …