Kelly Oliver – Botany Bay

Album (Brief) | Self Release | By Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

British folk singer Kelly Oliver returns with this her third full-length album to date, this time produced by Stu Hannah, featuring a selection of exclusively traditional ballads collected from her native county of Herefordshire. With storytelling at the forefront, songs such as “The Trees They Do Grow High”, “Dark Eyed Sailor”, “Died for Love” as well as the title song are treated to fine arrangements throughout. Helping out are guest musicians including Phil Beer, Luke Jackson, Lukas Drinkwater and Jamie Francis amongst others, each fattening out the sound more than adequately.