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Rory and Alex McEwen

The odd foursome from the Scottish folk duo Rory and Alex McEwen, as well as the American husband-wife team (though only married briefly) of Carolyn Hester and Richard Fariña, combined forces for the one-off recording project in 1963. The causing four-song EP, Four for Fun, was released just in Scotland, and transported the uncomfortable billing Rory and Alex McEwen, Carolyne and Dick Fariña (though Carolyn Hester generally billed herself as Carolyn Hester, hardly ever “Carolyn Fariña,” and her initial name is certainly misspelled Carolyne in the sleeve). The disk is extremely uncommon, but musically unexciting, comprising typical interpretations of traditional folk music, sometimes using a pronounced United kingdom Isles bent. Although Hester will take business lead vocals with some regularity, Richard Fariña’s contribution, vocal and usually, seems slight.

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