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Heart's Delight

by Finest Kind

Finest Kind's exquisite harmony singing and brilliant vocal arrangements are bringing a fresh sense of excitement and discovery to the performance of old songs.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Sailor's Life
2:39 album only
2. Fond Affection
4:12 album only
3. The Fugitive's Lament
2:14 album only
4. Jordan
2:20 album only
5. Jack Ashton
4:59 album only
6. If You Can't Get Five, Take Two
2:39 album only
7. Brigg Fair
1:51 album only
8. Someday You'll Call My Name
2:52 album only
9. April Morning
3:05 album only
10. In Praise of Alcohol
3:12 album only
11. Down At the End of Memory's Lane
2:53 album only
12. Homeless Wassail
3:56 album only
13. The Mermaid
3:17 album only
14. Squid Jiggin' Ground
6:12 album only
15. Home in Pasadena
3:36 album only
16. No More Fish, No Fishermen
3:57 album only
17. Who Will Sing for Me
3:18 album only


Album Notes
"Three rewarding singers, rich harmonies, a vocal sound that'll raise the hairs on the back of your neck and a batch of good songs make this as good a deal as you can get on a CD."
Peter Fairburn, review of "Heart's Delight" in "The Living Tradition"

"...the qualities of the individual and combined voices were a wonder to behold; many folks left open-mouthed (and loaded down with the group's CDs!) and vowing to sign up for another date on the group's frustratingly brief UK tour."
David Kidman, writing in "The Living Tradition"

"Finest Kind's set on the Saturday night was a flawless piece of work, an extraordinary melding of history and song. Three of the finest voices in Canada singing about our past and filling the dark and still air with soaring, glorious harmonies.”
Canadian Songwriter David Francey, at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk festival.

Ian Robb, Ann Downey and Shelley Posen discovered their collective sound almost by accident in 1991, when they happened to be sitting together at a song swap, and unsuspectingly launched into the chorus of a song together. The resulting blend of voices and harmony lines convinced them that they should start singing together, and they have since delighted concert and festival audiences across North America and the UK with that glorious sound.

Ian, originally from London, England, is renowned as one of North America's most gifted performers of British folksong, a concertina player extraordinaire, charter member of Toronto's award winning band, “The Friends of Fiddler's Green”, and composer of folk standards such as the pub anthem "The Old Rose and Crown."

Ann, who hails from the southwestern U.S., plays guitar, banjo, and bass, and has performed in bands playing old-time and cowboy music, bluegrass, klezmer, jazz, and swing in North America and Europe.

Shelley, a professional folklorist and native of Toronto, is a versatile singer and multi instrumentalist who has spent a lifetime researching, teaching, writing about, performing, and sometimes composing songs.

The variety of these individual musical backgrounds makes for one of the distinctions of a Finest Kind performance -- the exhilarating mix of repertoire. British, American, Irish, and Canadian traditional ballads keep company with gospel rousers, drinking songs, sea shanties, and pop oldies. The timeless works of the Carter Family, the Copper Family, Rudyard Kipling, and Hank Williams mingle with originals by Ian or Shelley. Unencumbered by allegiances to any one style, Finest Kind presents the hand-picked best of many genres, and keeps audiences wondering just what delight they'll hear next.



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Bob Sherman

Heart's delight
First hear "No More Fish, No More Fishermen" on a "Sing Out CD". Great song, and the rest of the album does not fall off from that level! A diverse mix, excellent harmonies and one of the best traditional Folk CD's I own!

John Cater

Finest Kind "Hearts Delight"
I was first introduced to Finest Kind through Mick Peat via the Radio Derby Folk Waves weekly programme. I now have all the CD's which are all excellent (folk singing harmony at it's best!).
I am looking forward to the forthcoming tour to the UK. Keep up the good work.
My very best wishes to you all. John R. Cater