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  • Audio CD (14 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Proper
  • ASIN: B00166BL64
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thaxted; Leaving England
2. Alan Tyne Of Harrow; Alvin's Favourite Duet
3. Break Your Fall
4. Farmhands And Masters
5. The Tide Coming In; The Beehive
6. The Smiling Bride; Drummond Castle; Holly's Jig
7. Kissing Tree Lane; I Wish
8. Let The Mystery Be; Pie In The Sky
9. Request Stop
10. Diamantina Drover
11. Spanish Fandangle; Sally Sloane's; Varsovienna; Ti Tree Waltz

Product Description

Leading folk duo Nancy Kerr and James Fagan (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners – Horizon Award, 2003 and Best Duo Award, 2003) join forces with multi-instrumentalist and composer Robert Harbron (Dr Faustus, English Acoustic Collective) in a new super-trio. Rob joined Nancy and James on their previous Fellside album (Strands of Gold, FECD199) for a few tracks resulting in comments such as "The three of them create a varied and subtle palette of musical colours." (English Dance & Song). It was such a good working relationship with exciting musical rapport that the decision was made to make the trio a reality to work alongside Nancy & James's duo work and Rob's many other commitments. The groundwork was done; festivals and other work are in place and an album recorded. The resulting dynamic album places fresh takes on traditional material alongside powerful new writing. Truly greater than the sum of its parts, this release shows these three great musicians steaming along new tracks. Tracks: Thaxted; Leaving England / Alan Tyne Of Harrow; Alvin's / Favourite Duet / Break Your Fall / Farmhands And Masters / The Tide Coming In; The Beehive / The Smiling Bride; Drummond Castle; Holly's Jig / Kissing Tree Lane; I Wish / Let The Mystery Be; Pie In The Sky / Request Stop / Diamantina Drover / Spanish Fandangle; Sally Sloane's; Varsovienna; Ti Tree Waltz

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tenpenny on 10 July 2008
Recorded whilst staying in a former station master's house in Robin Hood's Bay (hence the album title) this is the first album from Nancy Kerr, James Fagan and Robert Harbron as a trio. Kerr and Fagan are, of course, well known as a duo on the folk scene (and indeed as recipients of several BBC Folk Awards). Harbron is also well known as a much in demand producer and for his work with the English Acoustic Collective. This new album is just what you'd expect from three people with this sort of pedigree.

It's a particularly strong set that features a number of Anglo-Australian compositions (as do all Kerr & Fagan albums), such as "Leaving Old England" and "Farmhands and Masters". Nancy Kerr's fiddle playing is a particular highlight as are the two songs she contributes - "Break Your Fall" and "I Wish". Perhaps the stand out track, however, is the interesting joining of Iris DeMent's "Let The Mystery Be" with Joe Hill's parody of a Salvation Army hymn "Pie In The Sky".

The production is left spare to give the album an organic feel that lets the songs and playing really shine through. As such it fits perfectly into the contemporary folk idiom and stands up against any folk release this year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Owen on 4 July 2008
I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Nancy and James perform earlier this year in a little chapel in rural Wales, and then again with the addition of Robert Harbron at the Gower Folk Festival. They were brilliant at Gower, and I knew I had to get the CD. Since its arrival, a week ago from Amazon, it hasn't been out of the CD player. There is some really strong material here; not just the interplay of the various instruments and voices, but also a very intelligent selection of songs and tunes from quite a diverse range of sources - both traditional and self-penned, and from many corners of the globe. The sleeve notes giving information about the origins of the music is particularly welcome; knowing that 'Pie in the Sky' is a parody of a Salvation Army hymn certainly adds to my enjoyment of its lyric! For me, the particular highlights are Nancy's beautiful 'Break Your Fall', 'Let the Mystery Be/Pie in the Sky' and the wonderful selection of Australian dance tunes that conclude the album. A really strong and varied album! Thoroughly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rio on 6 Oct. 2011
One of the best albums in my collection and one of the VERY few where practically all tracks are great (though Leaving Old England takes the biscuit for me). Top-notch musicianship that always serves the song. Intelligent arrangements and shared lead/harmony vocals let you forget how small that group is. Not a single boring moment. It's generally joyful but has lyrical depth and a sometimes outspoken conscience. I'm not at all clued up about folk, but I have folkie friends who love it, and at the end of the day good music is just that, no matter which genre. Has been a highly appreciated gift for a variety of friends and ... my mom. There's an awful lot of stuff out there that's not worth anyone's money, this is.
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