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Brother Crow - nice

GUEST,Joe G 21 Sep 08 - 04:40 PM
BusyBee Paul 21 Sep 08 - 06:22 PM
theleveller 22 Sep 08 - 03:33 AM
Banjiman 22 Sep 08 - 03:43 AM
Banjiman 22 Sep 08 - 03:50 AM
BusyBee Paul 06 Nov 08 - 11:19 AM
theleveller 06 Nov 08 - 12:03 PM
GUEST,no cookie today? 06 Nov 08 - 12:19 PM
The Greyt Hound 06 Nov 08 - 01:07 PM
BusyBee Paul 06 Nov 08 - 01:19 PM
The Greyt Hound 06 Nov 08 - 02:04 PM
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Subject: Brother Crow - nice
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 21 Sep 08 - 04:40 PM

Just listening to Brother Crow MySpace tracks for first time - good songs, great voices and playing. Particularly like Hollow Hills and How do You Do Tom Barton

Must recommend to booking sec at Topic!


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Subject: RE: Brother Crow - nice
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 21 Sep 08 - 06:22 PM

Do it Joe, you won't regret it. The boys are fabulous live. We've recently enjoyed their comapny at Gainsborough and they were very well received.

And they're such a nice bunch too!.

(OK Graeme and Andy, that's another fiver you owe me).

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Brother Crow - nice
From: theleveller
Date: 22 Sep 08 - 03:33 AM

I'll second that. By the way, did I ever mention that the new CD, Hollow Hills, is brilliant!

See you at Roots North on Friday.


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Subject: RE: Brother Crow - nice
From: Banjiman
Date: 22 Sep 08 - 03:43 AM


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Subject: RE: Brother Crow - nice
From: Banjiman
Date: 22 Sep 08 - 03:50 AM

You can see them at the Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club Big Birthday Bash on Nov 21st- 23rd (along with other excellent acts: Marie Little, Duncan McFarlane, Mary Humphreys & Anahata, Wendy Arrowsmith & Blind Summat!, Hamish Curry, Bill Lloyd etc etc).

Here's a link to their Brother Crow .

Knowing the BC lads reasonably well I can confirm that their music is great.....suspect personalities though....Andy's hate of banjos is just not natural!

Paul


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Subject: RE: Brother Crow - nice
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 11:19 AM

As Ruth is probably still in a spin, I thought I'd beat her to posting this review on The 'Cat:


The FolkWords review

"Hollow Hills - songs of depth and truth

If their debut album was Brother Crow delivering profound, penetrating songs then 'Hollow Hills' is the duo proving their worth as masters of the English folk genre. If you adore the story-telling folk song in Durham-based duo Brother Crow, Andrew Davison (vocals, guitars and bouzouki) and Graeme Carroll (mandolin, backing vocals) you will find undisputed masters of the art. Andrew's voice ranges from aching longing to frustrated anguish while Graeme's mandolin dances across the tunes to enrich the vocals.

There's no doubt about it 'Hollow Hills' is an album of incisive songs combined with skilled musicianship. The powerful lyrics protest injustice, unfairness and the loss of the world that although filled with hardship, stood for something important. What's more that 'something' is vanishing and only songs like these will be its guardian for the future. Andrew's words reveal the significance of history and tradition - there's undeniable truth in these songs.

The opening track continues the story of Tom Lowrie from their first album, with 'Dead Man's Coat', a sorrowful, reflective song which takes the revenge-ridden gamekeeper's son from righteous indignation further into despair. Although 'All That I Believe' is a cry for the loss of Weardale's last dairy farm it could stand a testament to any passing tradition as the old ways as 'market forces' grind away the old ways.

The title track 'Hollow Hills' is both mournful and angry, recording the terrible bleakness of life led by Teesdale lead miners. The lyrics reflect the overpowering sense of futility felt by these poor people. Most of their songs have tinges of regret and sadness, and 'St Cuthbert's Day' is no exception, however it's a truly beautiful song, with an entrancing melody, beautifully sung. I can almost hear the audience joining it at the end of a set – all with tears streaming down their faces.

There's one song on this album that pierces the heart. It cuts through all the jingoistic, militarism that surrounds wars, which win nothing and just hurt everyone. 'No Money for the Widows' tells the story of one of those unfortunate victims shot at dawn because of stupid thoughtless arrogant generals. And its final lines should nail those bastions of misguided belief to the wall in shame.

There's just so much you can write in a review before readers switch off. That may be, but 'Hollow Hills' demands so many words and this one doesn't say anything like enough. Brother Crow may mourn the loss of so much in their songs but they give so much to the listener – if you only buy one album this winter - buy this one."


'Nuff said!

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Brother Crow - nice
From: theleveller
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 12:03 PM

Couldn't agree more. Told you so!


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Subject: RE: Brother Crow - nice
From: GUEST,no cookie today?
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 12:19 PM

One writes grand songs...
t'others mando-dexterity is amazing.
The two are a most entertaining duo 'live'.
I can't stop playing the CD of theirs that I have...
They are both younger than me....

....I can't help but hate 'em! Grrrrr! ;o)

All th' best wi' th' new one lads!
I'll see you further on.
Duncan (McFarlane)


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Subject: RE: Brother Crow - nice
From: The Greyt Hound
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 01:07 PM

Thanks to everyone for the comments.

We can't stop playing your CD and I know the lads have nice things to say about you too, Duncan. Anyway, we are not that much younger than you only a couple of years or so.

Here is the link Review by Tim Carroll (not a relative)

Check out the rest of his excellent website.

Mrs Brother Crow


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Subject: RE: Brother Crow - nice
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 01:19 PM

Hey Ruth, I bet you've just made Dunc's day!. LOL, *BG*, falls off chair giggling!.

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Brother Crow - nice
From: The Greyt Hound
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 02:04 PM

Young is someone like my daughter. Mind you Andy is young in mental age.


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Subject: RE: Brother Crow - nice
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 05:10 PM

Pre-natal!


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