Part of the fun and enjoyment of folk music is the interplay of performer and audience in a live concert. A good CD reminds us of this byplay; but better, still, is a live concert recording that brings it along first hand.
Debra Cowan's newest CD, "Among Friends," was recorded at a small concert in the UK - in front of friends. Wish I'd been there. We hear the song introductions, the audience joining in on choruses and pirate imitations (I'll bet real pirates never really said "arrrrr"), and Debra reacting to the audience's antics.
The cuts on "Among Friends" are all covers and traditionals. I love her choices, including one about MacDonald's teenage employee strike ( the kids won), a thwarted pirate mutiny (hence the "arrr"), dropping clothes in chowder, and a kindly Chicago panhandler.
O, yeah, Debra is a fine singer and musician, but you already knew that, right? That's a given. You saw her at Fox Valley this year, if not a dozen times before.
For lyrics, more info, and/or to order your copy, go to DebraCowan.com.