Mossy Christian – Come Nobles and Heroes

Album Review | One Row Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson

When the first few notes of the opening tunes “Market Rasen Feast” and “Louth Quickstep” rang out of the speakers, I thought I’d inadvertently put on something from the folk revival era, if not the original source singers and musicians from the turn of the century, and that’s not the last one either.  Mossy Christian foregoes the modern era, of samples, awkward time signatures, bits of electronica, tuned percussion and other assorted devices that apparently make folk music hip these days and chooses instead to go straight for the less hip tenets of traditional folk music and song.  Accompanying himself on fiddle, Anglo concertina and one row melodeon, Mossy makes an authentic noise, which you can imagine accompanying vintage flickering sepia footage of men in plus fours skipping around ladies in long frocks in a random Surrey garden.  For his debut album, the Lincolnshire-born singer and musician focuses on the music from his own neck of the woods, leaning towards the singers and musicians who have influenced him, Harry Cox for instance with “The Thresher’s Maid”, or Bob Roberts in “Homeward Bound” or indeed Jack Holden with “The Young Sailor”.  I didn’t initially think I was going to take to this album but surprised myself by listening to it all the way through and thoroughly enjoying it in the process.  In fact, I think I’ll give it another go right now.