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Folk Music of England

Folk Music of England

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Folk Music of the British Isles

Ref: CDG1016

19 tracks
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Favourite traditional songs in superb arrangements, performed by leading musicians in their field. A full range of instruments is used, from fiddles to accordions and whistle.

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Folk Music of England

1 The innocent hare
2 Hal and two/Shropshire lass
3 John Barleycorn
4 Rusty Gully/Dance to your Daddy/My Cat has Kitted-Three Northern Hornpipes
5 How pleasant and delightful
6 Drink old England dry
7 Searching for lambs
8 Lemmy Brazil's hornpipe No.2/Wonder hornpipe
9 A merry little doffer
10 The poor loom weaver
11 Bury new loom
12 Astley's ride/The Old John Peel
13 The Lincolnshire poacher/Dr Faustus' tumbler
14 The harvest song
15 The seeds of love
16 Morris tunes: The Webley/Old man's dance/Queen's delight
17 John Barleycorn's a hero bold
18 The white cockade
19 Barleymow

This album and its companion volumes (Folk Music of Ireland CCLCDG1017, Folk Music of Scotland CCLCDG1018, Folk Music of Wales CCLCDG1019) present some of Britain's finest folk musicians performing a selection of songs and instrumental music from the British folk tradition. These recordings have the air of spontaneous, impromptu performance, a coming together to make music which is one of the hallmarks of the folk music scene. It is as if the recording engineers were allowed to eavesdrop on the music making - and captured frozen improvisations. The variety of sound on these albums is remarkable and the number of instruments and voices involved produces some remarkable programmes. But don't be fooled by the apparent ease - these musicians work hard, rehearsing and arranging behind the scenes (or discreetly working and honing their style during a jam session in a quiet town or country pub). The result is carefully crafted music which honours and past but which, like all living things, moves on and develops. Next time they play and sing the results will be different. The old folk melodies of the British Isles are honoured and respected, are treated as raw material for high quality music making.

Folk Music from England presents songs from throughout the country. Local songs from Lancashire (tracks 9-11) rub shoulders with the Lincolnshire poacher. Morris tunes mix with sailors' hornpipes, drinking songs and songs of harvest and hunting as the recording celebrates the mixture of seafaring and country living which has marked the development of England over the centuries.


Ian Giles
Ian Page

The Amber Quartet
Ian Giles voice & drum
Paul Sartin fiddle & oboe
John Spiers melodeon
Benji Kirkpatrick bouzouki

Dr Faustus
Tim van Eyken melodeon & voice
Robert Harbron concertina
Paul Sartin fiddle
Benji Kirkpatrick bouzouki & voice

Jon Banks serpent & recorder
Ben Grove mandolin
Hilary Perona-Wright guitar
Nigel Perona-Wright flute

All arrangements by courtesy of the performers.

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