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Maggie Holland | Circle Of Light (Irregular)
Circle Of Light is the fifth album from Maggie, in which she performs fifteen songs that cement her position as one of the country's foremost interpreters of modern folk music. Throughout, Maggie's Hampshire accent is in evidence; often multi-tracked. The songs - from the likes of Billy Bragg, Al Stewart and Bob Dylan among others - showcase her ability to turn her hand, or rather voice, to the demands of a different writer. Discreet instrumentation from Malcolm Ross on slide and lap-steel, Wendy Weatherby (cello), Lester Simpson and Carol Laula, bolster Maggie's voice, which often carries the song on its own. On 'Circle Of Light' Maggie has selected music from different genres but manages to maintain her own individuality. Fans of her work will welcome this new album; anyone interested in hearing a pure English voice will not be disappointed.

John Stacey
March-April 2004

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