Blowzabella, Strange News
The group celebrates its 35th anniversary with this album. The album is beautiful and alternates some dances (mazurkas, bourrées and schottisches) in pure Blowzabella style and some traditional sung by Jo Freya, a real novelty. The vocals were recorded in Leeds by Neil Ferguson. Patrick Bouffard contributes very well on hurdy-gurdy on “The Diggers / Cottillion”. The music was recorded by Paul James and Jon Swayne in England at Kennard Moor Drove, Coxbridge, Sommerset and in France at Patrick Bouffard’s place in Franchesse. The quality of the recording causes some doubts. The sound seems poorly detailed and a bit chaotic, especially in the lower frequencies. The cover presents a beautiful photograph by Lieve Boussaw.
1. All Things Are Quite Silent - 2. Le Petit Chien / The Long Drive - 3. Malique - 4. Strange News - 5. Falco - 6. The Muffler / Bhaskar’s - 7. Black and White Box / Ubu the King - 8. Searching For Lambs / Main Dans La Main - 9. The Maple Tree / Glasshouse - 10. Billy Ruffian / The Schoolhouse - 11. Nelly Was A Milkmaid - 12. The Diggers / Cotillon - 13. Shed Number 9 / Le Vicaire