On hardly any occasion during the past five years have I found a folk album so completely impressive; and you do not need to vote SNP to agree.
'DAILY EXPRESS' - February 1994
She went halfway back to her folk roots last time out with an album of Bob Dylan covers, now she goes the whole hog with a collection of 13 truly traditional English, Irish and Scottish songs. Hauntingly authentic, her treatments are also designed to be listener-friendly to a more mainstream audience without ever straying too far towards The White Heather Club.
PARCEL OF ROGUES (1994)
'DAILY TELEGRAPH' - February 1994 (Review by Colin Randall)
Longer ago than anyone may wish to recall, a pleasant and slightly bookish Scots girl with a stunning voice stepped on to a makeshift stage in a northern folk club and sang her heart out with a trio called Bitter Withy. For this, she received her share of about £18, plus beer and petrol money.
The next time I encountered Barbara Dickson was just before Christmas, when she was in cabaret at London's Cafe Royal, undoubtedly earning more than necessary to keep up with inflation.
Since 1974, Dickson has not needed to set foot in a folk club. Fortunately, despite the demands of a middle-of-the-road stage and singing career she never entirely abandoned her musical roots. With 'Parcel Of Rogues', she returns to them in admirable fashion.