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LEN GRA­HAM

I’ll Sing You a Story Cranagh Mu­sic ★★★ Tongue twisters, non­sense verses, jin­gles and rogu­ish rhymes shape and colour this rich col­lec­tion of chil­dren’s songs from Ar­magh singer Len Gra­ham . The songs have seeped through the tradition, hand in hand with their lis­ten­ers, never deign­ing to con­de­scend. Lyri­cally dense, the col­lec­tion tick­les the imag­i­na­tion and rat­tles rib cages with a wel­come mis­chievous­ness. Tales of drown­ing men saved by bars of sun­light soap; of er­rant mules and 19th-cen­tury ded­i­cated fol­low­ers of fash­ion stretch well be­yond the con­fines of­ten pre­scribed for younger lis­ten­ers. Garry Ó Briain an­chors the col­lec­tion in bright man­do­cello and gui­tar, and Pádraigín Ní Ual­lacháin lends suitably spare ac­com­pa­ny­ing vo­cals. Ronan Browne’s pipes, whis­tles and flute bring fur­ther depth to the ar­range­ments, while the imp­ish­ness of Máirtín O’Con­nor’s ac­cor­dion lends a fur­ther light­ness of touch to Cause He Was a Fool. A song store yield­ing rich pick­ings. sto­ryand­song.com

SIOB­HÁN LONG

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