Andrew Stewart
Classic FM
January 2008

Iain Burnside's latest venture into 'English' songs shifts geographical perspective to the music of Belfast-born Herbert Hughes, generously served up here in the irresistible form of his Irish folk tunes. The word 'arrangement' as Burnside suggests, doesn't do justice to the inventive piano writing and pacing of so many of these pieces. For your money you'll hear jaunty japes and catch the full force of sentiment in songs such as 'Oh, breathe not his name'. Soprano Ailish Tynan's feeling for the musical idiom and, above all, the poetry of her countrymen, matched by Burnside's delightfully poetic pianism, prove irresistible. Highly recommended.