The Shape of
The Living Tradition — Issue 81 / November/December 2008
I am very pleased to have your CD Revel and Rally in my collection. Favourites with me are Johnnie Has Gone, Must I Be Bound, Unquiet Grave, In the Woodshed, and of course, Will I See Thee More, which should really come with a health warning, or at least a box of tissues. Lovely stuff!Sue Burgess - September 2011
Varied indeed was the programme with some fine
accompaniment and tunes from Peter to compliment Barbara's singing. We heard a
few songs that were last sung by Gracie Fields through to classic ballads. There
were songs of fox hunting, philanthropy to a weaver's daughter and a caution
against going rushing. A thoroughly entertaining evening. Now, that can't be bad
Tatters (the newsletter of Tiger Folk) - September 2011
Peter and Barbara Snape were our April 2011 guests and treated us to another excellent evening. Moving with ease from the comic to the tragic, the duo kept us highly entertained with an assured performance which showcased their forthcoming CD 'Revel and Rally'. Barbara has always been an excellent singer, but she and Peter now add a matured confidence to their handling of the audience which added greatly to our enjoyment. Alex Nearney - Burnley Folk Club April 2011
They gave the Gregson Lane crowd two very entertaining spots with a mixture of Traditional, Contemporary and Music Hall song. Every song that they performed (and I’ll bet that they have many more under their belt) had the audience either singing along or laughing out loud. Sometimes when I write reviews on the day following the event, I have to rack my brains trying to remember what songs were actually performed — not the case with TheSnapes — most of their collection is performed so well that it leaves a lasting impression. The Rigs of Leeds Town; Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier; The Nightingale; Unquiet Grave and Jez Lowe’s The Bergen had us all singing and I will particularly remember Barbara for the way she delivers many of the classics made famous by the young Gracie Fields; Pass Shoot Goal; In The Woodshed and What Can You Buy a Nudist certainly made me smile.
Also, from a Club Organisers perspective, what makes a guest-night special is total professionalism (on and off stage), advance promotion of the event from the artist and excellent feed-back from club regulars – TheSnapes ticked all boxes. Graham Dixon - Gregson Lane Folk Club and Folk North West Winter 2011
…this song (Will I See Thee More?) showed both Barbara’s wonderful ability to immerse herself in a song and take the listener with her along with Peter’s beautiful and sensitive and non-invasive melodeon accompaniment... Mike Green - Mardles Folk Music Magazine May/June 2010
Whoever said melodeons couldn't be played with sensitivity? Me, probably, but not any more. We had a rare treat when Barbara and Peter Snape appeared at the club in October. Performing without her customary guitar Barbara was accompanied throughout by husband Peter in an excellent display of musicanship. The repertoire ranged from the comic to the tragic with Peter capturing the mood of each song perfectly. A great evening. Alex Nearney - Tykes News and Folk North West Spring 2010
You've obviously put a lot of work and thought into what you do, both the quality of the CD and your performances bears this out, and I can only say thank you very much and keep up the effort! Look forward to seeing you again. Guy Killinbeck - March 2009
You are wonderful and genuine people and I wish there were more like you on the folk scene! A comment kindly given to us on leaving the Milkmaid Folk Club, Bury St Edmunds - 17 July 2009
Thanks for the CD - I have listened to it today and its come up to my hopes and expectations - I'm very pleased with it! Ruth Owen - May 2009I enjoyed your set very much the other week at the Bothy, as did a lot of other people. DP told me it was the best night he'd had for ages at the club, and we agreed it is so good to hear songs such as the Banks of the Nile, which have dropped out of the repertoire but which are so strong and vital.
Kevin Littlewood — Bothy Folk Club, Southport, May 2008
The thing I like best about your singing
is still there: it's very direct and straightforward (I do not mean
unsophisticated), a voice with a distinctive and mature character but without
the learned affectations of some singers these days. You have such a pleasant
way of delivering songs - enthusiasm and joy in the music itself, as opposed to
selling yourself and bolstering your own ego. Basically, the charm for me
is that it's so really refreshing to hear! Perhaps part of the quality comes
from that very love and enthusiasm.
Sue Burgess — August 2008
I have ordered a copy of your CD "Take to the Green
Fields" from your web site. We were on holiday in Ingleton and saw you
performing at the Folk Festival there and both enjoyed listening to
you - it was a real pleasure hearing people like yourselves perform.
Alan Baker — October 2008
I enjoyed your set and bought
the CD, which I really like. Hope to see you again some time.
Dave Ellis — November 2008