Gentle solo album from Broken Family Band man

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Timothy Victor – Nocturnes

You don’t have to sing ancient ballads about jolly plough-boys and lovelorn milkmaids, like Kate Rusby and Eliza Carthy, to be a folk singer. Timothy Victor is the personification of a truly modern folkie. He sings plaintively and picks expertly in the style of Jansch or Renbourn.

But the 11 songs, which address such timeless subjects as loss, death and betrayal, are all contemporary. As the title implies, he’s opted for a uniform late-night mood, and a change of tempo somewhere might have been welcome. Nevertheless, this is still lovely stuff.