Tintagel - Sword And Stone

Thursday 1st August 1991
Tintagel - Sword And Stone

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

If you're a folkie maybe you caught them at the Ludlow Fringe Festival with John Shepherd (ex-The Albion Band). Or maybe you've still to be introduced to the lilting musical delights of Tintagel. Fiddles, acoustic guitar and an outstanding female vocalist and good songs make them an exceptional folk group while their lyrics speak of faith with eloquence. I wasn't too keen on the fast, traditional "The Old Maid In The Garrett". The viola sounded distinctly off to my ears and should have been dropped from the album. But Vanessa Twiggs' vocals go from strength to strength, and on the slow, plaintive songs like the haunting "Lizzie At The Fair", the emotive "The Unquiet Grave" or the moody "Thomas the Rhymer" (a song previously recorded on their 3-song debut cassette) the effect is gripping. And the songs mostly written by the band's guitarist Jamie Goode and bassman Trevor Raggatt are winsomely tuneful. The next time they play at a folk club or festival near you make sure you catch them.

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Posted by Ian Hampson in Gwynedd, North Wales @ 11:35 on Mar 4 2018

I have this cassette but would love to have a CD (or downloads) if anyone knows if they are available.

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