Willie sits in his stable door And he’s combing his coal-black steed And he’s doubting on fair Margaret’s love And his heart began to bleed Give corn unto my horse, mother And meat to my man John And I’ll away to fair Margaret’s bower Before the night comes on
Life in a Paper Boat is Kate Rusby’s fifteenth studio album. By now, fans of the South Yorkshire singer know what to expect; impeccably sung songs, both composed and traditional, in tasteful settings that respect both the material and the singer.This is not to say that Life in a Paper Boat plays completely safe – far from it. The album’s soundscape is subtly different from what listeners of Rusby have, perhaps, been used to. The accompaniments are more full bodied and atmospheric with washes of keyboard and strings that serve to accompany Rusby’s voice without drowning it in too much electronica […]
[The Telegraph 1999] It was an encounter that ought to have defined the English folk revival. A woman who was once its undisputed heroine moved from one corner of the pub towards another to talk to a curly-haired upstart her own example had surely inspired. Fiftysomething Anne Briggs told twentysomething Kate Rusby how much she liked her version of The Recruited Collier, an 18th-century lament to lost love. Sadly, the conversation, on the fringe of a folk festival in Lincoln, was over in a flash. Briggs was thanked for her kind words and returned smartly to her drink. […]
Kate demonstrates that her artistry is constantly evolving on an album that’s both refreshing and stimulating: not an easy trick to pull off.
It’s that time of the year again, and with the welcome inevitability of such things here’s a brand new Kate Rusby offering to brighten up those dark, dismal days of the encroaching winter. But let’s not get too cosy and predictable, or jump to conclusions… for I’m aware that there are listeners (even among her admirers) who’ve felt that Kate’s music has stayed contentedly still, resting on a comfortable plateau over the past few years. Time to wake up, then – for Life In A Paper Boat, which happens to be Kate’s 14th studio album, provides conclusive proof that Kate’s artistry is constantly evolving too.