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Our latest album, what they think –

‘WAIT FOR NO MAN’    HATRACD09  2014


This is the fourth recording from Paul and Liz and, for reasons I have yet to work out, the first I’ve heard. I’ve been aware of their research work into the customs and traditions of South Yorkshire, their almost messianic championing of sword dancing (reflected in the CD’s opening track ‘Come, See the Boys Go Round’) and sat through and enjoyed their concert sets both as a duo and in the company of family. All I can do is apologise, and say it was worth the wait.

Given that they both hail from Hull, we shouldn’t be surprised that many of the songs have a nautical bent. Paul’s ability as a songwriter is without question, as evidenced by ‘Silver in the Pocket’ and ‘The Price of Cod’. But for me, the strongest of the self-penned songs moves inland. Inspired by Antony Gormley’s sculpture, ‘Iron Angels’ gives us a vision of a bleak, industrial upbringing that is still the grim reality for many... definitely Old Testament angels, terrible in their beauty.

Some very lovely traditional songs include ‘The Nightingale’ (the ship, not the bird... ), and moving outside the north of England ‘Seven King’s Daughters’. This is a version of ‘The Outlandish Knight’ from Virginia which, strangely does away with the talking parrot... usually my favourite bit. Paul’s explanation is nothing if not interesting. Liz’s version of ‘The Lass of Humberside’ is poignantly sung, due perhaps to the fact that the story reflects the life of her maternal great-grandmother and so many other women of the east coast.

The voices are strong, both solo and in harmony, and Paul’s duet concertina adds yet another layer to the sound. I enjoyed this immensely, and if you enjoy good songs well sung, you will too.

Baz Parkes ‘ED&S’ – Spring 2011


I found this recording really intriguing, principally because I didn’t expect to enjoy it half as much as I did, and so I found myself asking what it was that made it so listenable. My misgivings were not down to Paul and Liz themselves, who I’ve had the pleasure of hearing on many occasions, but were due to the fact that more than half of the 17 songs on this CD are contemporary compositions - of which I am always wary. I needn’t have worried. Paul’s very considerable background in traditional song has been employed to excellent effect in the seven new songs that he’s contributed to this CD and his own masterly turn of phrase shines through time and again. He’s also put a fine tune to A E Housman’s The Lads That Will Never Be Old and translated and adapted a French version of the Cruel Sister. Paul and Liz’s choice of traditional material is also done with discernment and the entire recording seems to fit together well, wrapped up as much by its homogeneity as by the intended theme of ‘time and tide’.


For me, one of the highpoints was a fascinating version of the Outlandish Knight, here titled Seven Kings’ Daughters and with a most unusual ending .Two other tracks that I found outstanding were from the fishing (or ‘tide’) element of the theme – Silver In The Pocket and The Price Of Cod, two powerful pieces from Paul’s pen and as notable for the quality of the songwriting as for the singing. Indeed, the couple seemed to be more at home with their own material on occasion than with the traditional songs.


Most of the songs have to do with the area north of the Humber and with the adjacent North Sea, but any risk of undue ‘regionalism’ is immediately dispersed by reference to the concise and illuminating sleeve notes, which do what they should – fill out the background to the song. And I can’t finish without referring to the tasteful duet concertina accompaniment (Paul again), which adds a fine counterpoint to the voices.


There are a lot of good songs on this CD and they deserve to be more widely sung. In fact, after listening to them a couple of times, you’ll be joining in.

John Waltham ‘Living Tradition‘   Spring 2014



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We specialise in unusual versions of Ballads and other narrative material. Our songs stem from research and personal experience. We are available as a duo or a quartet with Gavin and Amy Davenport for club and festival bookings, concerts, workshops and other events during 2016/17.


See us at:

Sunday Singing Session

4th Sunday - Kelham Island Tavern 8.00

Sheffield


Maltby Folk Session

1st Tuesday, The Sheppey, Grange Lane, Maltby


Doncaster Folk Club

Mason’s Arms, Market Place, Doncaster

Tuesdays


For details of our past performances click HERE



Sheffield Folk Sessions Festival

14th to 16th April 2017


Chippenham Folk Festival, Wiltshire

26th to 29th May 2017


Newark Traditions Festival, Nottinghamshire

22nd & 23rd July 2017


Warwick Folk Festival, Warks.

27th to 30th July 2017


Hull Folk & Maritime Festival, Hull

27th to 30th July 2017


Whitby Folk Week.

18th to 25th August 2017


Baccapipes Folk Club, Keighley, W. Yorks.

8th Sept 2017


Cottingham Live, East Yorkshire

4th Oct 2017


Maritime Concert, Hull

14th Oct 2017


Tenterden Folk Festival, Kent.

6th  - 8th Oct 2017


Bevan Crescent Community Hub, Maltby

2nd Nov 2017


Crookes FC, Princess Royal, Slinn St. Sheffield

1st March 2018


Sheffield Folk Sessions Festival

30th Mar to 1st  April 2018


Newark Traditions Festival

20th to 23rd July 2018


Warwick Folk Festival

26th to 29th July 2018




Discography

Under the Leaves          [2006]      HATRCD01


Songbooks                     [2008]      HATRCD02


Spring Tide Rising         [2011]      HATRCD04


Wait for No Man              [2014]      HATRCD09


Blue Bell Folk –

Folk Union One 1969

                                        [2014]      HATRCD10


Kelham Island Voices    [2014]      Savile House


And the Ladies Go Dancing

                                         [2015]      Talking

                                                                 Elephant

                                                          TECD 3015



Paul & Liz Davenport