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Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Folk Songs
Reviewed by Stuart Wilson

Folk songs: music made and enjoyed in the interstices of a working life, in fast lunch breaks and short evenings and bone-weary weekends, music to lift up the spirit, open up emotions, reconnect people to the profound undertow of feeling that labour in the field or factory can dull and numb.

Making music, growing things, creating: Plunkett too produce their music around the work they do, the nine to five and shift work, they dream up tunes and hooks and riffs and words on the assembly line and at the computer, put their ideas together at home over the kitchen table, and then with passion and painstaking care layer and craft and assemble the kind of affirming, quirky, ironic, heartfelt songs you find here.

Music that is at once an example of, and homage to, a history of song produced by the people for themselves and their fellows; as well as a scathing critique of the passive consumerism and bloated, sterile uniformity that contemporary society has created for its proletariat, replacing the vibrant community culture that was once a genuine if hard-pressed reality.

Most of all, though, the music offered to us here stirs the soul: the vocal blend of Ian’s warm East Anglian timbre with Lara’s dark, gently inflected Italian accent – listen to some of the lovely things she’s doing in the background to many of the songs as well – combined with a treasure trove of punchy tunes and soaring harmonica and crunching guitar will set you up for the day – for another day’s work, for another day’s dreaming of better things, for those moments of rousing celebration when with family and friends you too get together to make your own jokes, your own stories, your own folk songs.

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