Beats'n'ballads nu-folk fusion

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Jim Moray – Sweet England

Quite what makes a 21-year-old from Macclesfield reinvent a bunch of traditional English folk songs with beats is an interesting question. But Sweet England makes you very glad he did. Cleverly mixed by the Afro-Celts’ Simon Emmerson, Moray’s inventive rearrangement of such familiar ballads as “Early One Morning” and “The Raggle Taggle Gypsies” may just be the most significant new development in English folk music since Fairport Convention’s Liege And Lief. There are some clumsy moments. But it’s a bold signpost that moves far beyond the trad revivalism of the likes of Kate Rusby.