Kevin Bryan delivers his verdict on some of this week's CD releases Rumer,"Nashville Tears" (Cooking Vinyl)- Rumer's fifth studio album finds the award winning British singer and songwriter exploring the creative output of highly regarded country tunesmith Hugh Prestwood. Rumer was first exposed to Prestwood's songs while living in the American South, and this polished exploration of the great man's illustrious back catalogue was recorded at Nashville's Star Struck Studios alongside an impressive array of the city's finest session men. Prestwood's often melancholy approach to love and domestic disharmony is well represented here by tuneful gems such as "Hard Times For Lovers," "The Fate of Fireflies" and "Bristlecone Pine."

Richard Harvey,"Divisions On A Ground" (Talking Elephant)-Sub-titled "An Introduction to the Recorder and its Music," this engaging 1974 recording was the brainchild of Royal College of Music graduate and founder member of mediaevalist prog-rockers Gryphon Richard Harvey. This prodigious performer first took up the recorder at the tender age of four, and "Divisions On A Ground" finds him displaying his instrumental expertise to excellent effect as he tackles works by Baroque composers such as Handel, Vivaldi and Jean Baptiste Loeillet.

Hamish Imlach,"Hamish Imlach / Before and After / Live / The Two Sides of Hamish Imlach" (BGO)- This impressive 2 CD set brings together four classic albums from the extensive back catalogue of Scottish raconteur and folk troubadour Hamish Imlach. This charismatic character's larger than life persona made a profound impact on luminaries such as John Martyn, Dick Gaughan and Christy Moore during their formative years and these sixties offerings serve up a generous helping of the vivid blend of traditional balladry, acute social commentary and ribald wit which became his trademark.