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Album Review

The darling of the English folk scene follows up her 2010 effort Make the Light with this, her second album of Christmas-inspired songs. Universally-known hymns sit alongside other carols and songs peculiar to her native Yorkshire, all of them presented in Rusby's acclaimed lush acoustic style and graceful, gorgeous voice., Rovi

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One of Her Best

Kate Rusby does a fantastic job in her new Christmas album, While Mortals Sleep. Each song compliments her soft and beautiful voice and really brings to life the folk music that she's famous for. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this album is the use of what sounds like a brass quartet or quintet. The soprano cornet really soars over the other instruments and adds another note of complexity within the ensemble giving it character and depth, which is hauntingly beautiful at times, especially during her songs, Holmfirth Album and Little Town of Bethlehem. This album is a must have for any Kate Rusby fan.


Born: December 1, 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 folksinger, Kathryn Roberts; after playing together live...
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