Basket of Oysters  – Village Pump PUMPCD 010

Anyone who has attended a traditional song event will very likely have encountered Rosie Upton. Her performances always have a strong impact and leave the listened wondering why there has been no album from her before. She tells in the booklet that it is because “family, career and my trade union activities intervened”. It’s a case of better late than never and Blackleg Miner / Solidarity illustrates the passion behind one of her reasons for the delay.

Aside from Careless Love and St. James Infirmary she sings fine songs from the British tradition bringing something new to them. On The False Bride she has different verses that give an alternative twist to the story and she sings Seeds of Love and The Golden Glove to different tunes that have come to her through her family. A personal favourite would be The Butcher Boy learned from Isabel Sutherland. Rosie has the same sort of vocal range as Isabel and there are reminders of that great singer in her approach to the song.

The accompaniments are straightforward and unobtrusive, mainly from Pete MacGregor’s guitar, but there are cameos from others including Verity Sharp on cello.


Vic Smith in fRoots Jan/Feb 2015