Blessed with the finest voice in England, a rare songwriting talent and down-to-earth Yorkshire humour, this lady just gets better and better.
Backed by some of the UK's finest folk musicians (like husband John McCusker and guitarist Ian Carr), Rusby was tremendous.
Much of the material came from new album Underneath The Stars, though there was also a fair smattering of old favourites like Fairest Of All Yarrow. From the new collection, the self-penned Falling was a delight; while Cruel and Polly tapped into quite separate seams of emotion.
Highlights, though, were a breathtaking rendition of Let Me Be, with the audience singing along; and a wonderfully tender solo version of Underneath The Stars, which I believe to be her finest song to date.
She left the stage at one point for McCusker (violin, cittern, banjo and whistles), Carr and the rest of the band - Michael McGoldrick (flutes and whistles), Ewen Vernal (double bass) and Andy Cutting (accordion) - to play a short medley of McCusker material, which was warmly received.
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|Title Annotation:||Ents Music|
|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||Sep 26, 2003|
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