Manchester collective enlist some of the UK's best folksingers to reinterpret traditional song. The Woodbine and Ivy Band aren't interested in modernising folk, just playing it the only way they know how to. The Woodbine and Ivy Band are a collective of Manchester musicians who came together to play traditional British folk music under the direction of Peter Philipson (ex-Starless and Bible Black). In turn, Pete was assisted and supported by the legendary producer, Bill Leader. The musicians' backgrounds are in alt-folk, jazz, improv, indie and Americana, and they bring these diverse influences to their interpretations of the songs. The Woodbine and Ivy Band are not interested in 'modernising' folk music, but simply in playing it in a way that makes sense to them. They invited some of their favourite folksingers including Jackie Oates, Fay Hield, Nancy Wallace, Olivia Chaney and Jim Causley to send them a'capella recordings of the songs they'd selected for the album and based their arrangements on these recordings, with the melody and lyrical sentiments of the song at the heart of everything they came up with. Largely attracted to songs with a vein of melancholia or a sprinkling of the supernatural, the Woodbine and Ivy Band are not afraid to celebrate the autumnal, the Edwardian and the Gothic. Amongst their musical influences, they cite Joe Boyd's Witchseason Productions; Harvest, Leader and Transatlantic Records; the West Coast Sound of the early seventies and the drone rock of Spaceman 3.
"A brave and entertaining set"
-- The Guardian