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Edinburgh folk country duo Emily Kelly (vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar) and Graham Coe (vocals, cello, mandolin) are joined by Jamie Francis (banjo), Paul Gilbody (double bass) and Toby Shaer as Dead Reckoning sees their music taken to a higher level.
With additional strings, and music generally sweet and mellow the duo supply superb harmonies throughout. The powerful string arrangement on “Quiet Movie” sets the tone, and it gets better. In fact it is, like just the touch of the ocean as they reel off the superb “I Hope” and what could also be termed such if less backing was used “Oh Boy” (Kelly’s vocals on occasions don’t sound a million miles away from Allison Krauss; nice they are too), plus the delightful mandolin, banjo, bass etc driven “Giving Up”. A scene-stealer if ever there was one.
At their best when they combine busy rhythms and dynamic lead, harmony vocals the duo shuffle through traditional slanted instrumental “The Shoogly Peg”, before performing a Secret Sisters-esque version of country cajun Jimmy C. Newman “Cry, Cry, Darling”, and there is more as the unit’s playing and harmony vocals dovetail. “White Shadows” like a couple more tends to more mellow than is best suited to their strengths, otherwise The Jellyman’s Daughter are the business.
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