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  • Audio CD (7 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B00EACHHRI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Album & Best Group. Award winning group includes Fay Hield , Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson, Seth Lakemen, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron, Ben Nichols. Scholar and acclaimed singer Fay Hield has assembled The Full English band, pulling together half a dozen of the top talents on the Folk scene. Rapidly becoming identified as a folk supergroup the Full English includes singer and fiddle player Seth Lakeman, who has successfully steered English folk into the musical mainstream with his high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums, and one of the world's finest and most admired guitarists, Martin Simpson. Nancy Kerr is another fiddler/singer with a deep commitment to the English traditional repertoire, celebrated for her boundary-smashing partnerships with Eliza Carthy and James Fagan. Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are formidable instrumentalists who feature in Fay's backing band The Hurricane Party as well as in Jon Boden's Remnant Kings, and are two of the most in-demand session musicians on the scene. Nailing all this multi-instrumentality down is Ben Nicholls, double bassist of choice for artists as diverse as the Seth Lakeman Band, Martin Carthy and Jimmy Somerville. The Full English is a groundbreaking project sponsored by the English Folk Dance and Song Society that draws together for the first time the early 20th century folksong collections of Harry Albino, Lucy Broadwood, Clive Carey, Percy Grainger, Maud Karpeles, Frank Kidson, Thomas Fairman Ordish, Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Alfred Williams. The result is the most comprehensive searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world.

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"Seasoned celebrations, tragedies, comic interludes and oodles of warmth ensue... Stand Out Album." --Daily Mirror ****

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Crawshaw on 9 Oct. 2013
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The eagerly awaited album in conjunction with the EFSDS website relating to the same material is an absolute joy. Many of the best and leading musicians of the current golden renaissance of British Folk music have been brought together by Fay Hield to produce a majestic album which, in time, will be seen to have the same importance as such tour de force as the Shirley Collins Albion Band 'No Roses'

The playing throughout is exemplary, as you would expect from such a stellar cast. The choice of material wide ranging, from ballads to love songs, to perfectly executed instrumentals and music hall items. Fay takes lead vocals on 4 tracks, especially notable being a lovely closing version of Linden Lea. Nancy Kerr also provides lead on several tracks, including her self penned Fol the Day-O, which fits in with the traditional songs like a hand in a glove, and her dueting with Fay throughout is really beautiful. Too quite disimilar voices blending fantastically well.

The individual voices of the males can easily be identified on the ensemble numbers. Martin Simpsons guitar and vocals on Creeping Jane show what a fine reader of the tradition he is, and any fan of Seth Lakeman will be intrigued by his two contributions.

The most easily listenable tracks, Arthur O'Bradley (which has real tongue twisting lyrics) and Man in the Moon (with its music hall singalong) will probably get the most airplay, but there isnt a duff track amongst them.

Finally, a mention for Sam Sweeney, Rob Halbron, and Ben Nicholls, as fine a trio of musicians you could wish to hear.

Brilliance deserves recognition. BUY THIS CD !
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris Sweeney on 28 Oct. 2013
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I tend to find talk of 'revivals' to be unhelpful and, sometimes, overstated. Nonetheless, this album marks the fact that the heritage of these islands, in musical terms, is alive, well and being celebrated.
On this occasion, it is being celebrated by a group of the finest musicians currently playing (and singing)traditional music.
I had the good fortune to see them perform it live but the album stands very well on its own and passes the fabled 'whistle test' remarkably well, providing songs and tunes that will be hummed, whistled and, one hopes, sung to wider audiences.
I may be a tad biased but all round, a very good album and one well worth buying.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Weaver on 22 Feb. 2014
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Given the line-up featured in The Full English, one would expect something special, and this album doesn't disappoint. Those familiar with the various participants will no doubt be able to tell which member is the driving for behind each track - Seth Lakeman, Nancy Kerr etc have their distinctive styles - yet the collection hangs together well as a whole listening experience. No surprise that the group was recognised at the recent BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. It's also great that the record draws attention to England's rich musical heritage - so often overlooked compared to those of Scotland and Ireland.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 10 May 2014
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Just to add my two penn'orth to the chorus of praise this album has received. It really is as good as it's cracked up to be. It has a range of great traditional English songs and tunes performed with love and with great musicianship and wonderful singing including the fine, rich harmonies that these songs cry out for.

Read the reviews, try a sample or two and snap this up - it's real treat.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2013
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With a great line up of performers this recording is of stand out quality. I believe this album will be a classic in years to come. It really is a milestone.
With the likes of Seth Lakeman and the great Martin Simpson you cannot go wrong. And they are joined by equally talented performers Fay Hield, Nancy Kerr, Ben Nicholls, Rob Harbron and Sam Sweeney.
There is a wide variety of instruments and some great song choices. it is a great project and the sound is great.
This well arranged traditional sounding folk album is easily recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Jefferies on 20 Mar. 2014
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One of the best albums of folk music I have bought in ages, took me back a bit to Spans early days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. SKEATES on 7 July 2014
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I'm pretty new to Folk music, and came across this listening to the radio. The album encompasses a wide selection of old time songs and instrumentals that get's your foot tapping and singing along after a few hearings.

I'm not an expert to be able to comment too much on this, except to say it is great place if you want to start listening to folk and will certainly get me exploring further.
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By J. Baldwin VINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2014
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I heard a track from this on the radio after they won an award and, based on that one song, I ordered the CD.
I won't say too much as I'm not really an expert on folk music, even though I spent part of my early 20s visiting a local folk club of a Monday evening.
The album covers the full range from fingers-in-your-ears singing (you'll know what I mean if you've been to a folk club) through to complex arrangements. Not all tracks are as successful as others if, by successful, you mean "catchy". But they're all good folk tunes, sung and played by people who clearly know a thing or two and manage to make each track highly individual.
That in some ways is its undoing: it doesn't feel like a coherent collection so much as a "best of". That's about the worst I can say, though.
I enjoyed it. I think you will too.
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