Reviews

Reviews
The Wurzel Bush Folk Club  Brinklow. 3 May 2017 Brilliant evening. Excellent material ,lovely harmonies and what a concertina player. Where did you find him ? Well worth a trip to see you lot. Ten out of Ten. Nick Burdette

White Hart Folk Club, Mickleby. March 2017. Nick Caffrey:  Nick,  provided us with a great solo, unaccompanied evening’s repertoire and entertainment, with his wonderful voice and relaxing manner. A presentation greatly appreciated by the audience. Nick is a master of folk song presentation at its best. White Hart website  

Willows Folk Club March 2017. Hi Ed. Had a word with you at the end of your Willows Folk Club performance. Enjoyed the event greatly. Very well presented both as individuals and as a threesome, also good tales. Thanks – John Hoyle

Bedworth Folk Festival 2016. We also went to see Caffrey, McGurk and Madge, but found that Robin’s vehicle had broken down at Knutsford and didn’t make it.  We’d not seen Nick Caffrey since Th’ Antique Roadshow days and it was a delight to find that his voice was a glorious as ever and as a duo with Ed was just delicious, could have listened to them all day long – (can’t wait to hear all three of them).  Lorna Davies North Staffs Folk Diary November 2016
 
I really enjoyed the evening - great songs, singing and music, and I heard only positive comments from the regulars. Hope to see you again soon.” Sue Gaffney, Topic Folk Club. 28 April 2016

Caffrey, McGurk and Madge, appeared at Wallasey Folk & Acoustic on Sunday 15th November and what a joy. A trio of voices that blended in superb harmony with accomplished support from guitar and concertina. A mix of traditional folk and more modern songs commenting on life, singing of work, love,war and whaling. They mixed geographically spread songs with a hint of humour and stacks of folk knowledge which gave balance to a lovely set. I could have listened to them for much longer. Think of the Young'Uns but with a bit more experience under their belts.Kathy RunswickWallasey Folk & Acoustic 15 November  2015

I went to see a folk trio with Nick Caffrey,  Ed Mcgurk and Robin Madge tonight at the Silverdale hotel. They have a folk club there every second Wednesday with a guest artist. The trio were absolutely fantastic .
Janet Crowther 14 October 2015

Ed McGurk and Nic Caffrey treated us to wonderful musical renditions of both traditional and contemporary folk songs. Their harmony and story telling have resurrected many of these gems of songs and brought them back to mainstream audiences. Not many people can do that but these two experienced and accomplished performers have nailed it. The fact that Nic had a throat infection did not deter from this wonderful set. They were a delight and the audience loved them. A comment after summed it up "this is real folk singing". A fitting end to another great music weekend at Coppull AND it didn't rain!! Marie Regan Allison Arms Folk Festival Coppull, Lancashire. 7 June 2015 

I’m just dropping you a line to say thanks very much for playing at the club last night and giving us a most entertaining evening. As you know we only have guests every 12 months or so and it’s always a special night. Last night was no exception. All the best Mark Dowding, Room At The Top Folk Club 14 April 20014

Many thanks to you both Nick, thanks for a brilliant set at the evening concert, it was a pleasure to have you with us - Kelly Alcock re Folk 21 East Midlands Day 


I was especially impressed with Caffrey/McGurk who I know because they record at Park Head Studio with my other half (Brian Bedford) but who I’ve never seen playing live before. It was a really warm performance – Jacey Bedford re Folk 21 East Midlands Day

WOW !! - - - What a great night we all had last night, Nick and Ed gave us two sets of well thought out music, thanks guys you were excellent as always - - - Andrew Clayton organiser of Moorcock Acoustic Music Night - 6 February 2014


Buy the album 'Transition'. It's superb! I played it last night for the first time. Just relax with a couple of bottles of good ale and some of the finest folk music you will ever hear. on Caffrey McGurk - Ronnie Williams on 08/06/13

I am listening to a demo CD by Caffrey/McGurk (That's Nick Caffrey and Ed McGurk) called 'Prototype'. I've had it on loop all day! This CD oozes the experience of the years and displays immense sensitivity in the storytelling aspect of traditional singing and style. True English Folk singing, in my humble opinion, doesn't come much better than this.
 If these two aren't gracing the main stages of all our biggest and best festival next summer then I can only assume that people have just forgotten how to listen. Just gorgeous! Nice one guys!
Keith Kendrick

Caffrey/McGurk: Transition CD
Label: Self Released Tracks: 14
This present teaming of two of Lancashire's finest and most experienced established folk performers, Nick Caffrey (ex-Th' Antique Roadshow) and Ed McGurk (of Bandersnatch), is an inspired one. Together they present an unpretentious, engaging mix of songs mostly drawn from tradition, interpreted with a flair and understanding which is intensely accomplished in both execution (technique) and communicative power but whose artistry - refreshingly - doesn't shout at the listener.
In a way, I guess you could call their approach old-fashioned, in that it espouses the time-honoured values of thoughtful preparation, interpretive decisions taken with taste and good judgement, and a proudly concentrated (and yet entirely unassuming) expertise in performance, with a natural incorporation of appealing and well-judged harmonies. These vital qualities, while captivating in the duo's live act, have in essence been captured equally well in the masterful and perceptive production of this studio recording by Brian Bedford; the internal balance, both between the two voices themselves and between the voices and the guitar and/or concertina, is commendably faithful, and every note and syllable is cleanly rendered without a trace of self-evident artifice.
The duo's readings are themselves a model of clarity, expressively convincing and in-character without over-dramatising, while at the same time never losing the necessary sense of drama within the texts. There's no way you could be disappointed with such assured and sensitively configured performances of folk staples like Bold Robbers' Fate, My Love's In Germany or Benjamin Bowmaneer and more recent (but by now well-nigh traditional!) compositions like My Donal, Dark Island and Fiddler's Green (the latter, sensibly amalgamating both John Conolly's original version and his own rewrite, being among the finest on record).
The disc finale is an interesting and poignant inclusion: She Touched You, penned in the 1970s by the virtually-unknown Jim Herd. Some items are performed in sturdy a cappella mode, including Corpus Christi Carol, A Souling Song and Rob Malaney's driving setting of Cicely Fox Smith's poem A Lancashire Hare: And not quite all of the album is composed of duet work: Nick, who's noted for his interpretation of classic ballads, gets to perform The Braes Of Yarrow (a snip at just 5½ minutes, but both concise and compelling), while Ed gives us a heartfelt, mellifluous take on Davy Steele's Farewell To The Haven. The disc comes complete with admirably detailed and authoritative booklet notes too.
The disc's title "transition" might imply an incomplete artistic statement, and yet the impact is always of one that's considered and fully formed statement - although Ed and Nick might legitimately counter that observation with the comment that the living tradition will always allow for a certain amount of organic growth of interpretation, which is an ongoing transition of sorts. Nevertheless, no such semantic quibble needs to come into play when judging the disc as a work of real quality, and a valued addition to one's collection.
David Kidman


Hiya Nick, I'm here to thank you for the Caffrey/McGurk CD. It's superb, both in fine voice, production sounds great, good choice of songs/arrangements - all in all, a delightful record. 'Braes of Yarrow' is you at your best, lovely track. Thanks very much. Martin Ellison

We certainly appreciated your great contribution. I  thought you would appeal to the discerning group of trad singers who go to Girvan and I was right.
MARGARET MACRAE - Girvan Folk Festival May 2013


Thanks to you both for a really enjoyable evening. Good choice of songs, lovely harmonies and guitar playing, informative introductions. Hope to see you again before too long. Tony Charnock, Topic Folk Club, Bradford

To start the concert we had Nick Caffrey and Ed McGurk who have already been creating very positive reactions with their excellent singing,fine harmonies and Ed's clever guitar work. They gave a good selection of songs putting the audience into a good mood. A great start to an very enjoyable concert. Edgworth Day of Folk 8th October 2011

Very good songs, excellent singing/harmonization and very good guitar accompaniment. My wife and I enjoyed the performance very much. Probably the best live performance I have been to.” -
Sam Darby, Acoustic Folk at The Nursery 7th June 2012



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