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Album Review

Yorkshire singer/songwriter Kate Rusby has been quietly resurrecting English folk music for the last ten years with a grace, wit, and reverence that others have attempted yet failed to achieve. 2004's Underneath the Stars was a triumph of contemporary music both new and borrowed, an acoustic symphony of brass, guitars, and Rusby's mesmerizing voice. Listeners craving a sequel will find much to love in The Girl Who Couldn't Fly, another collection of traditional ballads and self-penned charmers that firmly establish Rusby as the Alison Krauss of British folk music. Produced again by John McCusker, her renditions of songs both old and new are presented with an effervescence that belay their sometimes wistful — and often sexual, as in the bawdy opener, "Game of All Fours" — natures. Rusby's own compositions ("Elfin King," "Little Jack Frost," and "The Lark," just to name a few) are marvels of timelessness. Like June Tabor and Gillian Welch, she's got one hand on the pulse of history and the other on a heart that contains a very old soul. Here's to hoping that those hands continue to pen such lovely tales.

Customer Reviews

Sad and melodic

I discovered The Lark having heard it played on Jam & Jerusalem... "is it wrong to wish that you still need to me?" So sad, so true, so poetic, a song to touch the depths of your heart... anyway, I bought the album and I am not sorry. Kate has a beautiful voice and her music is pared back and crafted. Lovely.

Folk at its best!

This is truly a great album capturing the essence that is 'folk' songs such as 'the lark' 'little jack frost' and my personal favourite 'moon shadow' this is far more better than her prevuos album sleepless. Looking forward to the next album!

Beautiful voice, great songs.

I think this is a really lovely albium. Discovered quite by accident, as someone who doesn't usually listen to folk music this has been a great introduction (although i'm sure folk-snobs would disagree!). Kate Rusby has a truely beautiful voice and the songs flow - there isn't one I don't like. I've bought two albums now and I'm still able to play them over again without getting bored. Highly recommended easy listening.


Born: 01 December 1973 in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Englan

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Folk singer/songwriter Kate Rusby has lived in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, since birth, and grew up in a musical family. Her parents had a ceilidh dance band and introduced her to British folk at an early age. Along with her sister, Emma, Rusby joined the band, singing backup and playing the fiddle. By the time she was 12, Rusby also sang lead and played guitar. At 15, she debuted at the Holmfirth Festival, and was introduced to another young folk singer, Kathryn Roberts; after playing together live...
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