Paul Mosley and The Red Meat Orchestra: Wintertide EP

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We receive some albums as links to downloads, and they can go missing. Such is the case with this release, which to our embarrassment (admittedly not much) is a Christmas EP. Never mind, stock up ready for Christmas 2018, and it’s a nice EP if you ignore a few references to the season of Santa.

Paul Mosley and The Red Meat Orchestra are a folk outfit that websites in that genre praise for 2016 folk opera The Butcher. They are new to us.

Wintertide seems to go under the folk heading but it’s really a collection of top-class singer-songwriter material. Without the vocals, it could be Hall and Oates, or any other classic 70s radio friendly pop/country outfit. But vocals there are, so it’s folk.

Standout is White Crow, apparently about not being able to be with the one you love on Christmas Day. A white crow on a snowy Xmas day could sneak up unobserved, see? The Ice And Snow is also good, a gentle song made festive by euphonium, which seems to be about being kind to people; remember, being kindly is not just for Christmas.

This came out on the excellently named Folkwit Records on 1st December.

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