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Album Review

Kate Rusby won over American audiences in 1999 with her second release, Sleepless, an album of traditional-styled songs with simple arrangements that highlighted her best quality: a lovely, middle-range voice, vulnerable without being waifish. Little Lights continues in the same mode, mixing old ballads with originals and throwing in an occasional contemporary piece. "Merry Green Broom" and "Some Tyrant" are simple and tasteful, continuing Rusby's commitment to the images of old England, while "William and Davy" and "I Courted a Sailor" kick up the tempo a bit. A number of guests, from Tim O'Brien to Danny Thompson to Alison Brown, make appearances, and John McCusker once again lends a hand to the production. A slightly different arrangement featuring brass adorns "My Young Man," complementing Rusby's relaxed style and calling to mind Norma Waterson's approach on Bright Shiny Morning. While there are no bad cuts on Little Lights, there probably isn't enough variety. With a couple of exceptions, the songs unwind at a leisurely pace, and most hover around four minutes. There is nothing quite as lovely and lively as "The Cobbler's Daughter" and "Sweet Bride" from Sleepless. Although more variety would have helped, Little Lights is still a solid effort. Fans will enjoy it, and it will also serve as a good introduction to those unfamiliar with this lovely English singer. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Little Lights

I just got this CD from a friend who was getting rid of it. I really like it and have it on my ipod. I've been listening to it over and over again. It's a relaxing album that helps me wind down. Enjoy!

I can't understand...

I honestly can't understand why anyone would "get rid of " a Kate Rusby cd. Take a listen and I'll bet this is one disc you'll keep a long ,long time .

Kate Rusby "Little Lights"

Kate Rusby is the standard bearer of new British Isles singing, adding gracefully to the catalog with simple, elegant arrangements and a pure sensibility. The recording quality is top notch. She is reminiscent of the late, great Sandy Denny. The up tempo 6/8 cuts are especially stirring, "I Courted a Sailor" is a fine example. My highest recommendation, and I hope she will return to the States soon.

David Rizzuti


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 folk singer, Kathryn Roberts; after playing together live...
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