Kevin Bryan delivers his verdict on some of this week’s CD releases Katherine Priddy,”The Eternal Rocks Beneath” (Navigator Records)- This softly beguiling creation was two years in the making and should help to cement Katherine Priddy’s status as one of the finest young talents on the British roots music scene.Priddy’s previous musical exploitts have been championed by no less a folk luminary than the great Richard Thompson, and “The Eternal Rocks Beneath” eloquently celebrates her lifelong love affair with literature and poetry, with “Indigo,” “Wolf” and the elegaic “The Summer Has Flown” emerging as three of the album’s musical highlights.

“Music & Song of Scotland” (Greentrax Records)- Ian Green’s excellent Greentrax label has provided an invaluable creative outlet for a whole host of top notch Scottish folk performers during its thirty-five year existence, releasing almost 500 exemplary albums in the process. This enjoyable anthology first saw the light of day in 1989 and focusses attention on some choice extracts from Greentrax’s early recorded output,showcasing evocative gems from the likes of Heather Heywood, Janet Russell & Christine Kydd and the criminally under appreciated Rod Paterson, whose sublime interpretation of “The Bleacher Lass O’ Kelvinhaugh” should be required listening for roots music enthusiasts everywhere.

Lefty Frizzell,”Saginaw,Michigan / The Sad Side of Love” (Cherry Red)- This easy on the ear celebration of the musical legacy of hugely infuential country vocalist Lefty Frizzell brings together three of the Texas born performer’s mid sixties albums alongside sixteen bonus tracks that first saw the light of day as single between 1964 and 1971. This essentially troubled character’s glory days may have become an increasingly distant memory at this advanced stage of his career but he could still turn out a memorable tune when the occasion demanded it, and hits such as “Saginaw Michigan” and “She’s Gone Gone Gone” capture Frizzell at something approaching his distinctive best.