This collection of songs by Northern Irish composers uncovers some very beautiful gems. Many are premiere recordings, including five breathtaking, Elgarian folk-inspired songs by Charles Wood, famous as a composer of Anglican choral music. Howard Ferguson’s 5 Irish Folk Songs possess an engaging simplicity, their piano accompaniments full of warmth and wit, while the sophisticated songs of Hamilton Harty reveal his love of Irish folk song and German lieder. Joan Trimble’s songs, which open this recording, are a gorgeous revelation. Pianist Iain Burnside and mezzo-soprano Carolyn Dobbin make an exquisite song duo.