‘it put a big smile on my face.’     Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music


‘A treat –  witty, wistful, wonderful.‘    Gyles Brandreth


‘Marriage Song #1 is a quiet masterpiece.’    Sunday Times


‘ Sharp satirical thinking put into song… You’re going to love it. ’         Folkwords


‘ A delight in every way…. precise and with compassion  –   a rare delicacy to be able to combine expert satire with the longing of humanity.’    Liverpool Sound and Vision


‘Like dry Jake Thackray and American Tom Lehrer, Blacker has the ability to look at the ordinary everyday that nobody writes about and turn out gems of social observation…This is knowing writing with the laughs masking depths and intelligence.’     Northern Sky Magazine


‘ Hilariously entertaining. ‘    Mary Dickinson, Everyman Folk Club

'A talent... Songs that make one recall Jeremy Taylor at his best.' The Living Tradition

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Friday Song: Clara Sanabras, THE DANCE OF SOLITUDE (DANCA DA SOLIDAO, 1972)

One of the more unusual CDs in my collection - and one of the most frequently played - is Clara and the Real Lowdown by Clara Sanabras,  which was produced by her musician husband Harvey Brough. It was this album which introduced me to the genius of Paolo Conte, a previous Friday songster, whose 'Sparring Partner' is covered on the CD. It also reminded me of that terrific song 'Put the Blame on Mame', written by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher for Rita Hayworth in the 1946 film Gilda. But my favourite track on the  album is 'Dance of Solitude',...

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