Kevin Bryan delivers his verdict on some of this week's CD releases John Renbourn Group,"The Enchanted Garden" (Talking Elephant)-The latest CD re-issue from the good people at Talking Elephant focusses attention on an impeccably crafted 1980 offering from Pentangle guitarist John Renbourn. His regular bandmate Jacqui McShee joined forces with the delightfully eclectic Mr.Renbourn as they delivered a wide ranging package which explored the subtle charms of medieval and Renaissance dance music,classic folk and Indian ragas. McShee's key role in the proceedings was reflected in her stunning vocal interpretations of three of the album's stand-out tracks, "The Plains of Waterloo," "The Maid on the Shore" and "A Bold Young Farmer."

Ars Nova,"Fields of People-The Elektra & Atlantic Recordings 1968-1969" (Esoteric/Cherry Red)-This interesting historical artefact brings together all the recordings made by New York prog rockers Ars Nova during their brief flurry of creative activity in the late sixties. Legendary Elektra producer Paul Rothchild had hailed the band as "the most exciting thing since The Doors" when they first signed to the label in 1968 but their innovative marriage of rock and classical influences failed to make any impact on the record buying public and they finally disbanded a year or so later, bequeathing these twenty two imaginative tracks to posterity in the process.

The Wood Brothers,"Kingdom in My Mind" (Honey Jar / Thirty Tigers)- Grammy Award nominated trio The Wood Brothers recorded their latest 11 song package in a series of freewheeling improvised sessions at their new Nashville recording studio, bringing a buoyant sense of spontaneity and untrammelled invention to the proceedings in the process. Americana devotees should find it a well nigh indispensable purchase , with the boys injecting irresistible elements of jugband music and Southern Gospel into prime cuts such as "Jitterbug Love" and "Cry Over Nothing."