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Thread #18105   Message #3454926
Posted By: Edthefolkie
20-Dec-12 - 04:10 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Add: Fare Thee Well My Dearest Dear
Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: Fare Thee Well My Dearest Dear
I too love the version by Shirley Collins from 1976. It's an excellent arrangement, performed by Simon Nicol on acoustic guitar, Pat Donaldson on bass, Dave Mattacks on drums and John Rodd on anglo concertina. PLUS a lovely sackbut band - Roger Brenner alto, Colin Sheen and Paul Beer tenor, Martin Nicholls, bass. It was a sort of pinnacle of the first electric folk era IMHO.

I'd been following the Albion Band and the Etchinghams round their London gigs for a few years and really hoped that Shirley would record more tracks like this, but it didn't happen for personal reasons.

It was originally recorded in 1976 for the "Amaranth" vinyl album which had six newly recorded songs on the A side, and "Anthems In Eden" on the B side. All of the "Anthems" and "Amaranth" tracks later appeared on CD. Better have a look for them on the shelves I think.