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The Gift of Music | CDs | Folk & Celtic | Folk Music of England
English Country Dances
Folk Music of the British Isles
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CCL CDG1016Folk Music of England1 The innocent hare2 Hal and two/Shropshire lass3 John Barleycorn4 Rusty Gully/Dance to your Daddy/My Cat has Kitted-Three Northern Hornpipes5 How pleasant and delightful6 Drink old England dry7 Searching for lambs8 Lemmy Brazil's hornpipe No.2/Wonder hornpipe9 A merry little doffer10 The poor loom weaver11 Bury new loom12 Astley's ride/The Old John Peel13 The Lincolnshire poacher/Dr Faustus' tumbler14 The harvest song15 The seeds of love16 Morris tunes: The Webley/Old man's dance/Queen's delight17 John Barleycorn's a hero bold18 The white cockade19 BarleymowThis 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.PerformersIan GilesIan PageThe Amber QuartetIan Giles voice & drumPaul Sartin fiddle & oboeJohn Spiers melodeonBenji Kirkpatrick bouzoukiDr FaustusTim van Eyken melodeon & voiceRobert Harbron concertinaPaul Sartin fiddleBenji Kirkpatrick bouzouki & voiceDragonsfire Jon Banks serpent & recorderBen Grove mandolinHilary Perona-Wright guitarNigel Perona-Wright fluteAll arrangements by courtesy of the performers.
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