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GRAHAM & SAM PIRT - Dance Ti’ Thee Daddy

GRAHAM & SAM PIRT - Dance Ti’ Thee Daddy
Fellside FECD218

A title such as ‘Dance Ti’ Thee Daddy’ tells us straight away that North Eastern English material is the order of the day on this CD.  Singer Graham Pirt and his accordion playing son Sam, give a varied programme of songs and music from their home area, mainly traditional but with some self-written inclusions and a couple of foreign tunes. 

Graham Pirt, known to many for his earlier work with the respected group Cockersdale, has a light, tuneful voice, very easy on the ear, which he uses to good effect on songs like the title track and other NE stalwarts such as Blow The Wind Southerly, and The Snow it Melts the Soonest, plus some I’ve never heard before, of which Auld Fisher’s Farewell To The Coquet is a delightful example.

Accordion player Sam was a member of the Young Folk Awards winning group 422, and currently plays in the duo The Hut People, with Gary Hammond.  He has a nimble touch on the instrument, demonstrated in the Basque tunes he carries off with a flourish, but when a sensitive accompaniment is required, as in Sair Fyled Hinny, movingly sung by his Dad, he is well up to it.  The Johnny Handle song, Going to the Mine, gets the same delicate enhancement.

The Pirts have brought us an album of North Eastern music winsomely sung and played, topped off with a charmingly affectionate cover photo.  

Roy Harris

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This album was reviewed in Issue 82 of The Living Tradition magazine.