Kevin Bryan delivers his verdict on some of this week's CD releases "Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet & Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger" (Smithsonian Folkways)- The San Francisco based Kronos Quartet have long been noted for their refusal to accept the artificially erected boundaries which divide the worlds of classical music, rock, folk and jazz, and the Grammy Award winning outfit's latest recording project explores the illustrious back catalogue of protest singer and social activist Pete Seeger. Some of Pete's most memorable creations are given an airing in the process ,with the quartet and assorted guest vocalists delivering their stunning reinventions of "If I Had A Hammer," "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" and "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" to name but a few.

"Summer Is Icumen In-The Pagan Sound of British & Irish Folk 1966-1975" (Cherry Red)- This fascinating 3 CD anthology focusses attention on some of the more arcane outfits who plied their trade in the British Isles during the folk boom of the mid sixties and onwards, drawing on contributions from the likes of Mr.Fox, Dr.Strangely Strange and Comus to name but a few. Astute compiler David Wells has also found space for a few bona fide folk-rock classics amongst the obscurities , with Fairport Convention's "Tam Lin" and Shirley Collins' "The White Hare" emerging as the cream of a richly rewarding crop.

KB Bayley,"Little Thunderstorms" (Self-Released)- Evocative imagery and exquisite guitar work dominate the proceedings as English singer-songwriter KB Bayley unveils the eagerly anticipated follow up to 2017's well received "Rivers & Rain." The strange times that we're living in at the moment meant that Bayley's affecting vignettes of everyday experience had to be captured for posterity at a locked down back room in the performer's home, which seems to lend an added sense of intimacy to affecting ditties such as "Cold Rain," "North Coast Girl" and "Throw it in the River."