Saffron Summerfield,
The Early Years
(Mother Earth, 2003)

This 18-song collection of songs from the early stages of folksinger Saffron Summerfield's career was recorded in 1976 in London and runs just over an hour in length. Most of this material, save for "Eleanor Rigby" and traditionals such as "Dowie Dens of Yarrow" and "Salisbury Plain," are Summerfield's own.

Summerfield was one of the first English female artists to record her own CD.

The songs are primarily guitar and voice with some friends helping out on strings, percussion and backing vocals. Themes here are timeless, so much of the themes resonate with today. The Early Years is a very listenable album and one you should sample if you are a fan of British folk from that era.

review by
Becky Kyle

19 June 2010

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