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Classic Album Review: Kate Rusby | Little Lights

The Celtic folkie’s third disc showcases her gorgeous vocals & expressive fretwork.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Celtic folkie Kate Rusby is something of a sensation in her native U.K.

On the one hand, it’s easy to see why — she has a gorgeous voice, a gently expressive guitar style and sings beautiful songs. But on the other hand, Rusby’s popularity is nothing short of astounding when you consider her material of choice: Traditional Celtic folk ballads, minimally rendered on acoustic guitars, whistles, accordions and other authentic accompaniment. Her third album Little Lights presents a sweet handful of such classic fare, along with a few originals that sound every bit as timeless and an elegant reading of Richard Thompson’s Withered and Died.