Album: Molly Drake, Molly Drake (Bryter Music)

You can hear echoes of both Joyce Grenfell and Emily Dickinson in the private family recordings and unpublished poems of the late Molly Drake (Nick's mum), collected in this beautifully designed CD and book combo.

It's a real labour of love, with the old reel-to-reel tapes re-engineered by John Wood. Drake is revealed as a serious artist whose gossamer-light songs can sound painfully vulnerable, and there's more than a bit of black dog in the poems.