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Ballad of Britain Field Recordings

GUEST,Guest 23 Feb 10 - 07:15 PM
Joe Offer 23 Feb 10 - 08:15 PM
Mrs_Annie 24 Feb 10 - 02:03 PM
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Subject: Ballad of Britain Field Recordings
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 07:15 PM

In addition to producing his excellent and surprising book, an old-Astra journey around England and woods and sessions and fields andmusic, Will Hodgkinson also collected recordings from the folk (and sheep) that he met along the way. They're a fascinating listen, I think, whimsical but essential, and they do illuminate something about music now.

A great collection, available from Heron Recordings in a lovely cardboard sleeve, and with excellent notes, but should really be listened to in connection with the book.

Anyone partaken of either? What did you think?
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Subject: RE: Ballad of Britain Field Recordings
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 08:15 PM

There is a Ballad of Britain Website:

.. and a (rather annoyingly illegible, but with good recordings) Ballad of Britain MySpace page:

I'm listening to the CD just now at Spotify, and I really like the recording. Here is the list of tracks:

  • 1 Mabe Cloud – The Rosemarie Band
  • 2 The Lakes Of Shallin – Sam Lee
  • 3 Edi Beo Thu, Hevene Quene – The English Ayre
  • 4 Summer Is Icumen In – The Princes in the Tower
  • 5 John Barleycorn – Ed, Will and Ginger
  • 6 Black Town – Pete Molinari
  • 7 Summertime – Tendayi
  • 8 Ayres The Bakers – The Boycott Coca-Cola Experience
  • 9 The Bedmaking – Martin Carthy
  • 10 Blue Mantle – King Creosote, James Yorkston, The Pictish Trail
  • 11 The Bitter Withy – Alex Neilson
  • 12 Kilmahog Saturday Afternoon – Alasdair Roberts, Alex Neilson
  • 13 Willie O Winsbury – Stephanie Hladowski
  • 14 Biting Glass – The Beep Seals
  • 15 Byw Heb Farw – Cate Le Bon
  • 16 Sheep In A Field In Penboyr
  • 17 FFrwydriad Yn Y Ffurfafen – Gruff Rhys
  • 18 Sea Shanty – Cosmicorus
  • 19 Fresh Air – Lewis Floyd Henry
  • 20 The Seeds Of Love – Tim Van Eyken
  • 21 Do-Re-Mi – Pearl

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Subject: RE: Ballad of Britain Field Recordings
From: Mrs_Annie
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 02:03 PM

I'm reading the book now, it's a very good read.
When I've finished it, I'll listen to the CD again.

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Subject: RE: Ballad of Britain Field Recordings
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 03:22 PM

This was one of my summer holiday reads. It's a great book, well written and even if you don't necessarily agreed with all Will H's opinions or conclusions, it's consistently entertaining and thought provoking. Most importantly, his love of the music he covers comes through very strongly.

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