Album: Sam Carter, Keepsakes (Captain)

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Virtuosity is not supposedto be rewarded in Englishfolk music, for the reasonthat virtuosity is a vanity.But thankfully thevirtuosity of Carter'sguitar playing does notobscure the carefulnarratives of his songs.

So let's briefly rewardCarter anyway and thenobserve how his gravelyobserved songs and lightvoice are what we'rereally listening to: hemay be young as a sprigand the songs maysometimes be callow("Too many tiny details!"says the King of Prussia),but there's real talentbudding here.