I just downloaded your complete album, it's really a PLEASURE to
listen to it. Carry on, great arrangement, great mix, great
instrumentals and ... a great singer. I will continue listening
to it in my car tomorrow, when I will have a two hours trip to a
studio in the west. I'm deeply impressed of your work ! I like
that style a lot.
(on the Ardour forum,
after purchasing a download from Bandcamp. A complete
surprise because that forum is about sound recording software,
not particularly about about folk music at all)
brilliantly captures the essence of
Mary and Anahata, their vivacious and appealingly scholarly
personalities and their frisky, abundantly infectious
"This CD is a treasure. Exquisite in every detail..."
Dave Kidman, Fatea Records
David Kidman, Living Tradition Web Site Reviews
"This is an excellent debut and I am now a fan. I recommend the
album and I look forward to hearing them live sometime"
This CD is a masterpiece. I really can't recommend it
Jim Lawton, Tykes News
So who needs another Barb'ry Ellen? I hear you ask... Well, you
do, if it's the one off Mary Humphreys and Anahata's collection of
English tunes and songs...
it's a performance that makes you glad you're alive. And the rest
of the album isn't far behind...
Barry Callaghan, EDS (English Dance and Song)
"gets your attention in no uncertain terms"
Nick Beale, fRoots
Songs as they should be
sung and tunes as they should be played"
Colin Andrews, "What's Afoot"
Just wanted to tell you how much I'm enjoying your CD -
everything about it, the choice of songs and tunes, the singing
and playing, and for once for a CD the notes are just right too.
Thanks, I'm really enjoying it.
Barbara Allen is wondrous, Mary Humphreys not only has a
beautiful voice but she has obviously listened wide and deep and
knows what to do with it.
Pippa Sandford, after buying it online here
pared-down, beautiful and
Mick Tems, Taplas
they have a great deal to
Vic Smith, fRoots
bounce, panache and a bit of zip
Paul Burgess, Shreds and Patches
"Fenlandia is a really enjoyable CD:
solidly traditional songs and tunes,
interesting background material which gives
context to the music, and lovely singing and
playing. What more could you ask?"
Joan Crump, English Dance and Song
"A CD full of great East Anglian traditional music and song"
Mike Harding - BBC Radio 2
committed singing and musicianship
that is this duo's trademark
Roy Harris, Living Tradition.
It doesn't come any better than
Keith Kendrick, "Mardles"
I've been playing it over and
Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2
"Two musicians from East Anglia who are working very hard to put
lesser known English songs and tunes firmly back on the musical
Verity Sharp on BBC Radio 3
sent shivers down my spine
Des Redwood, The Folk Mag.
She sings like the old singers
Eddie Uptopn, EDS Magazine
Mary Humphreys sings English folk
songs with a genuine feel of a continuous
tradition, as if a "folk revival" had never been necessary
Tom Bell-Richards, Shire Folk.
Mick Tems, Taplas
Floating Verses is a gem of a CD -- traditional English folk
tunes played and sung by people who actually know how to play
and sing and who have the scholarly background to know what
they're playing and singing. What a treat!
Green Man Review, Faith J. Cormier.
"I have to say I
was spell-bound by her singing and the evening was far, far too short
for me. "
Robert Mann, Bodmin Folk Club
evenings entertainment, with a tick in the "to be rebooked" box!"
Carole Markham, Waveney Folk Club
(and we were rebooked!)
"a lovely voice, enthusiastic delivery with sympathetic
accompaniments on melodeon, concertina and cello. Mary's version
of The Banks of the Nile was stunning."
Mick Harrington in "Shreds and Patches", reviewing the Song
Links launch concert.
"Wonderful and unusual versions of songs and brilliant
accompaniments and tunes."
Pete Coe, uk.music.folk newsgroup
Everybody had an extremely enjoyable time. One member of the
audience said you were both inspirational and another said that
Mary was one of the finest singers he'd heard in years - "she's
The enthusiasm of both of you for the music was infectious and I
would strongly recommend you to any other organiser or promoter.
Lawrence Heath, Electric
What can I say about Mary Humphreys and Anahata? Stunning
musicianship, great songs very well sung and an infectious stage
presence. Even a banjo......... First time I've seen them, won't
be the last!
Paul Arrowsmith, Kirkby Fleetham Folk CLub