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20 Feb 2011

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Song Title
The Bleacher Lassie Of Kelvinhaugh
The Grey Funnel Line
Le Vingt - Cinquième Du Mois D' Octobre
The Great Selkie Of Sule Skerry
Winter Comes In / Vidlin Voe
The Oggie Man
I'll Go And Enlist For A Sailor
The Brean Lament
Le Petit Navire
Across The Wide Ocean

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  • Original Release Date: 20 Feb 2011
  • Label: Topic
  • Copyright: 2011 Topic Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:09:11
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,526 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sombre but nice 19 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
June Tabor's latest album Ashore is another fine collection of ballads and street songs old and new, mostly from UK with a couple from France for good measure (not especially memorable though). It's a concept album, a celebration of the sea, for which June has a fascination, despite being born in the Midlands (and now living on a farm in Wales).

The album mostly has a slow, ruminative quality, not unusual for June. Some of the song topics are indeed bleak ones - death, drowning, parting, war, cannibalism, emigration, bitter weather etc. With minimal accompaniment by Andy Cutting on accordion, her partner Mark Emerson on violin and viola, Tim Harries on double bass and Huw Warren on piano, June's deep warm voice is well set off, aided by a very realistic recording. There is one a cappella track, The Bleacher Lassie of Kelvinaugh, and there are two instrumentals on accordion, a lyrical Jamaica (from Playford's Dancing Master of 1670) and a lilting I'll Go And Enlist For A Sailor (used as Morris dance tune). The album begins with a moody Finisterre, a 1989 song from the Oyster Band of which June was a member. Two songs are by Cyril Tawney, the lovely Grey Funnel Line, and Oggie Man, a dreamy yet deep yarn about a dockyard pasty-seller. Elvis Costello's Shipbuilding aches so much it becomes a little dreary, while the traditional Great Selkie of Sule Kerry is rendered very intimately, as if she is just having a conversation with the listener. After all, it is quite a narrative. In the traditional Brean Lament, some of which is spoken, one quickly feels the sadness of a sailors' graveyard. The album finishes with a lengthy evocative Across The Wide Ocean, from Les Barker's traditionally-based opera The Stones of Callanish about the Highland Clearances of the 19th century.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sea Becomes Her 22 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let's be very clear. June Tabor has one of the finest voices
on the planet. No ifs, no buts - it is a magnificent instrument!
It is a voice which has become better and better with time.
Deeper; more rounded; exquisite; Autumnal, as befits her status
as a Grande Dame of British folk music. An unimpeachable talent.

Her new album 'Ashore' is simply beautiful and utterly indispensable.
The thirteen tracks in the collection are all wonderful examples of
the skill and sensitivity which have always defined Mme Tabor's work.
There is a complete absence of affectation and unnecessary decoration
in her performances. A voice at ease with itself and the world.

Huw Warren/piano; Mark Emerson/violin and viola; Andy Cutting/accordion
and Tim Harries/double bass, intuitively understand just what is needed
from them to bring these glorious songs to life. Nothing more or less.
(Their two instrumental showcases, 'Jamaica' and 'I'll Go and Enlist
For A Sailor', are deftly delivered and delightful!)

It is impossible to deconstruct such a wonderful bunch of songs and to
even begin to believe that we might consider one better than the other.
They're all good. Good?! Oh I'm not doing very well here! This truly
is one of the very best recordings I have heard in my life thus-far!

Just witness the joyous rendition of 'Le Vingt-Cinquieme du Mois D'Octobre'.
The effortless dynamic control of rhythm, tone and expression. Peerless!

The profoundly concentrated acappela performance of 'The Bleacher
Lassie of Kelvinhaugh' is another wonder! A profoundly tender vision.
Likewise the deeply moving human tale of loss and longing in 'Shipbuilding'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, deep evocation of the sea and shore 21 April 2011
By Joyce
Format:MP3 Download
I always wait for a new album from June with intense anticipation and high expectations. She hasn't disappointed with this haunting album. The opening track, "Finisterre" is just over 6 minutes of June's wonderful rich voice weaving images of the space between sea and land. There are no hard edges or intrusive notes here. The song comes back to me in quiet moments and I'm driven to hear again June's mystical evocation of somewhere just out of sight, off the edge of the world.

"The Bleacher Lassie of Kelvinhaugh" is a simple, unaccompanied ballad where June's vocal technique and quality of storytelling carries the listener entranced through the tale. Huw Warren's perfect trickling piano notes introduce the next track "The grey funnel line" and the spell continues unbroken. June's singing is exquisite and as usual, I was so drawn into the song that only on reflection do I actually stop to marvel at her range of sweetness between top notes and her deep, caramel bathing tone in the alto range. "Le Vingt-Cinquieme du Mois D'Octobre" is a playful, dancing voyage of sound, showcasing June's ease in delivering delightful music in any language and tradition.

Elvis Costello's "Shipbuilding" doesn't seem a likely choice, other than for its sea theme, on a superficial glance at the track listing. I have loved Elvis Costello's own rendition, as well as Robert Wyatt's splendid interpretation. June's not only stands comparison, but adds a new element of poignant wisdom to her interpretation that is moving indeed. Her choices and bold risks are a delight and a triumph here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album... but my version doesn't have this cover?!?
'Ashore' is a brilliant album, as good if not better than 'An Echo Of Hooves' which was my main point of reference. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Andrew Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Superb album from one of the best vocalists in the business.
Such a talent and hard to beat.
Such an emotive singer. Superb
Published 15 months ago by Alan Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Indisputably 5 Star
I had this on my wish list for some time after hearing a track on Late Junction. Now I finally bought it for a birthday present to myself - and it is a present never to forget! Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2011 by Bougain
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Best
I have every JT album. This is the best.

It IS sombre, but it's magnificent.

If it doesn't get the BBC "folk album of the year" I must have missed something.
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by S. R. Coberman
2.0 out of 5 stars I so want to like this
But I just don't. June Tabor has a wonderful voice. She is a consummate performer of song, usually traditional. I have many of her albums. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars June Tabor is The Goddess.
For me June can do very little wrong. This CD is as good as I would have expected from this prodigious talent. Read more
Published on 15 July 2011 by Molly Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentically musical, authentically from the heart.
June Tabor's voice is quite a magical one (thankyou Amazon reviewer The Wolf for the heads up to this) The absolute reverse of technologically manipulated all surface no substance... Read more
Published on 13 July 2011 by Lady Fancifull
4.0 out of 5 stars June Tabor Ashore
I love most of her work and this is also good. Only reservation is that you need to be in the right mood to listen to all of this in one go.
Published on 26 April 2011 by reneart
5.0 out of 5 stars desert island disc
Apart from seeing June Tabor sing a rousing version of 'a sailors life' on a Fairport Convention video from the 80s, my knowledge of her recorded output is nil. Read more
Published on 13 April 2011 by yerblues
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
I can add little to the positive reviews of this music, except to say that where others have sensed an English quality to it, to me it evokes the memory of my daughter coming home... Read more
Published on 5 April 2011 by K. Hannay
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