Ma Polaine’s Great Decline play a highly potent mix of rhythm and blues and country soul with flavours of gypsy jazz, vaudeville and music hall, all performed with a focused intensity- think 40’s rea Billie Holiday transplanted to Tom Waits ‘Sworfishtrombones’. Singer Beth Packer moves between double bass, accordion and harmonica, with partner Clinton Hough on electric or acoustic guitar (and an occasional percussive foot), all accompanying Packer’s extraordinarhy voice- at times powerful, poignant, snesitive and always deeply soulful.
★★★★★ ‘…the singer’s compelling and never overplayed delivery gives this set its sustained, just-under-the surface intensity”. Roots Music Report
★★★★ ‘….an intangible element peculiar to themselves” R2 Magazine
‘The icing on the cake is their vocalist. Stunning singer Beth Packer is someone to get to know” .8/10 Blues and Soul magazine
★★★★ “an utterly compelling soundscape” Northern Sky Magazine
‘…like some new wonderful step in evolution, an album of great warmth and heroic concealment”….the most complete and uniquely enjoyable of the year so far’. 9.5/10 Liverpool Sound And Vision
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