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The Morning Key

Hatful Of Rain Audio CD
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The Morning Key is the long awaited follow-up to Hatful Of Rain's acclaimed debut album, Way Up On The Hill, which garnered praise from likes of Mike Harding, Bob Harris and right across the UK roots scene. Like its predecessor, The Morning Key fuses a mixture of old-time Appalachian music alongside quintessential English folk driven by intoxicating harmonies in what has become a trademark sound for the South Coast quartet. In Chloe Overton, they have a lark voiced singer who has one of the most beautiful voices on the scene. Her ability to flit between different styles with an ease and deft quality is clear right from the start. The opening These Streets , released later this month as the first single from the album, is primetime bluegrass played by a quartet of musicians who are right at the peak of their powers Phil Jones (vocals, double bass, banjo, guitars), Fred Gregory (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo), and James Shenton (fiddle, whistle, piano). Once again this album is full of poignant and beautifully crafted songs that in the hands of this remarkable quartet come alive and shine. Whereas their trademark three-part harmonies come right to the fore on the startling 'One Promised Land,' the riotous 'Map Or Compass' is awash with frivolity and playfulness. It s this contrasting of styles that makes Hatful Of Rain such an interesting proposition and a much loved live band. Jones takes lead vocal on the moving 'Broad Woolly Back,' a paean to a lost father whilst the duet led Stay is as good a folk ballad as you are likely to hear anywhere. As Overton notes, ''The Morning Key' is the product of 2 years worth of fine-tuning new and old ideas and getting the right blend of material. The band s sound very much embedded with 3 years worth of playing and touring together makes for a more collaborative experience than the first album.' Recorded in a beautiful barn in an East Sussex village, nestled behind the South Downs the album was producer/engineer Al Scott (The Levellers, Oysterband) brings an experienced ear to the project and the wonderful guest musicians involved, add extra layers to the tracks.

Review

A refreshing blend of British folk & bluegrass, they continue & expand on the erasing of musical borders that is happening in Roots music….long may they continue! --Barry Marshall-Everitt, House of Mercy Radio Show

Chloe Overton possesses a stunning voice that really makes you stop in your tracks. --Brighton Source

There are songs on this album that will make you dance and songs that will make you cry. A wonderful selection. --Pete Bradley, Fatea

Although their 2012 debut, Way Up On The Hill, was impressive enough to garner acclaim from the likes of Bob Harris and Roseanne Cash, the new album from the Sussex-based roots quartet is a huge leap forward. Playing and touring during that time has given them a confidence that puts them right up with their musical heroes and puts the lid on the tired old arguments about whether it's ok for Brits to play Americana. When it's as good as this, why not? - **** --Kevin Bourke, Songlines, September 2014

About the Artist

Hatful of Rain are a Bluegrass/Old time influenced British folk/roots band based in East Sussex. Playing original material, Hatful of Rain strive to combine powerful song-writing with musical virtuosity whilst retaining a strong traditional feel. The Hatfuls make full use of the single microphone approach to performing which creates an engaging visual spectacle whilst underlining the warmth and communal style of the music played.
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