Thursday, December 7, 2023

Coventry Carol By Shere Fraser & Manuel Galán


Coventry Carol


Shere Fraser & Manuel Galán

Written by

Steve Sheppard


There have been many versions of the Coventry Carol over the years and in my view it is a much underrated arrangement, however this is the brand new single from Shere Fraser & Manuel Galán, who have not only raised its profile by manifesting a truly warm offering, they have given to the world a piece that will doubtlessly be shared on my seasonal playlists this December in Coventry Carol.

Spanish composer, acoustic guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Galán, presents a wonderfully fluent and mood filled performance on the acoustic, one at the very opening segment reminded me of Blackmore’s Night in style, whilst Shere Frasers flute is ever present and creates the main narrative of this much over looked 16th century carol, one that was once performed in Coventry in England as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors back in and around 1392/3.

Coventry Carol by Shere Fraser & Manuel Galán is in my view one of the best duet releases of this specific carol I think I have heard, its symbiotic partnership of tone and timbre gift the listener a pleasing aged feel and a sense of mystery going forward, and as such they should be very proud of their achievements in recreating this Christmas classic to such a very high standard.

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