Like Will, Ladders of Daylight , now available to purchase on iTunes, contains a broad range of styles, from the wartime nostalgia of Take Good Care of Your Memories and I Try To Fall In Love, through the blues-inflected I’d Rather Be Blind to the narrative ballad of We’re Going To Be Revealed.
One of the most popular numbers was the upbeat My Influential Friend, which became a fixture in Alan and Patty’s set lists and radio broadcasts.
The album cover boasted the line drawing of the celebrated Cambridge illustrator John Holder, whose work can regularly be seen in the national press.
He was also a co-founder of that town’s annual folk festival, at which Patty and Alan performed with Charlotte Moore and fiddler Bob Loveday.
It was after hearing them play that John offered to do the drawing, a classic example of his witty imagination and superb draftsmanship.
With Charlotte Moore busy on the London stage, the fine British country singer Reg Meuross, a former member of the Panic Brothers and The Flamingos, guested as singer and guitarist on The End of the Line.
Another of the album’s distinguished visitors was Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie.
In the title track, which was influenced by the singing of Isla St Clair’s late mother Zetta, Leslie provided some sublime passages of multi-tracked fiddle.
The album’s musicians were: Patty Vetta (vocals), Alan Franks (guitar, banjo and vocals), Steve Reynolds (double bass), Chris Leslie (fiddle), Pete Sayers (autoharp), Tony Harris (guitar, bass, steel pans), Charlotte Moore (vocals), Dave Olney (double bass), David Fitzgerald (alto saxophone), Reg Meuross (vocals).