After much restraint this week I finally snared my first Kate Rusby album, Awkward Annie.
Rusby has one of the most enchanting voices to ever seep from a speaker and her songs – a collection of traditional folk songs and new additions – evoke a bygone era of quaint cottages on summer evenings and crackling log-fires in winter.
The lyrics of the traditional folk songs are particularly wonderful: tales of young, ill-fated sailors, unrequited doomed love and the farmer who discovers just how hard his wife really works present a nostalgic portal to a Hardyesque era.
The effect is one of soothing comfort, while her music represents the best (and possibly most underappreciated) aspects of British musical culture.
And with the 1st Battalion of Scots Guards accompanying on Fare Thee Well, the goosebumps factor goes even higher.