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  • Audio CD (21 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Folk Police Records
  • ASIN: B005UTD21K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Spencer The RoverThe Woodbine and Ivy Band, Fay Hield 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Alison GrossThe Woodbine & Ivy Band, Rapunzel & Sedayne 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Twa CorbiesThe Woodbine & Ivy Band, Pinkie Maclure 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gently JohnnyThe Woodbine & Ivy Band, Jenny McCormick 7:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Poor Murdered WomanThe Woodbine & Ivy Band, Olivia Chaney 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Under The LeavesThe Woodbine & Ivy Band, Elle Osborne 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Out With My Gun In The MorningThe Woodbine & Ivy Band, Jim Causley 5:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Derry GaolThe Woodbine & Ivy Band, Jackie Oates 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Green WeddingThe Woodbine & Ivy Band, Nancy Wallace 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Roaming JourneymanThe Woodbine & Ivy Band, James Raynard 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

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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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sonobuoy on 23 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I have absolutely no connection with this label but I believe they've released some excellent and refreshing albums in the past 12 months and this is another such.
This album has 10 tracks over around 51 minutes. All the songs are traditional from the British Isles. The instrumentation is courtesy of a set of players on the following: guitars (incl pedal), drums/percussion, bass, piano/Hammond organ, synths, trumpet/flugelhorn & harp
The lead vocalists will mostly be familiar to followers of the current folk scene and/or this label (and they are all in fine form): Fay Hield, Nancy Wallace, Jackie Oates, Jim Causley, Elle Osborne, James Raynard, Rapunzel & Sedayne, Olivia Chaney, Jenny McCormick and Pinkie Maclure. There are also credits given to a bunch of other chorus singers.
Some of the tracks are fairly close to the approach of other previous covers of these songs, some much less so. All, though, make very satisfying listening over many plays.
Recommended to anybody liking well produced, well crafted music/singing in the (wide definition) folk idiom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The War Baby on 12 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
Earlier this year the Woodbine & Ivy Band's record label, Folkpolice, was named "label of the year" by one respected folk site and has also been singled out for praise by the likes of FRoots for its unique approach to the genre. It is a label known for pushing boundaries rather than reaffirming existing traditions and the Woodbine & Ivy Band record was rightly acclaimed (in ALL critical quarters, from the Guardian to Mojo magazine and more specialist folk publications) as yet another jewel in the Folkpolice crown.
The reason I point this out is to underline the fact that there is really no excuse for anyone purporting to be in the know about "our music" and then approaching this offering in ignorance - and yes, I use the term 'ignorance' in both senses. As such, Peter Fyfe's review is a little bit like a Motorhead fan reviewing a collection of American FM-friendly rock ballads: pointless and surely beneath the dignity of both parties.
So, for those who think that 'folk' music should be preserved in aspic (and presumably performed only by mucky-faced labourers in public houses), stay away! For those who embrace cultural experimentation; those who think that the Impressionists still qualify as breathtaking painters despite eschewing literal representation; those who believe that Beethoven was right to rewrite the symphonic rule book; those who aren't so staid that they see change/experimentation as something to be scared of; etc; step inside...
The Woodbine & Ivy Band album is a gem. Most of the vocal performances are actually very true to their traditional roots, always at the forefront of the mix, and in the majority of cases quite stupendous. The latter, of course, is hardly surprising when you have the likes of Jackie Oates, Fay Hield and Jim Causley on board!
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By Sigrid on 28 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I picked this up after having heard a stunning Jim Causley number on the radio.

That track (Out with my Gun in the Morning - I don't think I have heard anyone else do this gem) is indeed excellent, but its not the only one on this delightful CD. I won't single any others out, as its going to be a question of taste and mood.

Most of the singers fronting the band (Elle Osborne, Fay Hield, Jim Causley, Rapunzel & Sedayne etc) were already firmly on my radar, but one of the delights of this kind of CD is when one comes across a new name.

I had never heard of Pinkie Maclure, but she turns in a very fine version of Twa Corbies. I shall investigate her further.

If you just want to sample a few of the more recent singers, you could do a lot worse than start with this disc - thoroughly recommended.
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Two songs into my first listen to this album I was thinking Steeleye Span in cowboy hats! A slightly abstract country-rock feel permeates most of the album, often accompanied by a very British brass section evoking band-stands, overcoats and rain. The intriguing prominance of pedal-steel sees The Woodbine And Ivy Band weave further knots into the glorious tangle that is roots music. Furthermore, occasional eye-brow-raising electronics (a particularly nice touch on The Roaming Journeyman) and the warmth of massed backing singers complement the predominant tone of the album. Well-thumbed folk-songs are launched upon subtly strange seas.

Highlights for me include Spencer The Rover with Fay Hield, (which was promoted as a single), Under The Leaves with Elle Osborne (probably the most out-there track, all spooky atmosphere, shivering desolation and quavering vocals)and Derry Gaol with Jackie Oates (her singing is gorgeous and the musical setting is sparse with drones, half-imagined keyboards, harp and brass along with mysterious grating sounds).

There isn't a weak track, the mood moves from familiar and warm to chilling, boisterous to seductive. Jenny McCormick indulges her lover in the one none-tradional track, Gently Johnny from the soundtrack to The Wicker Man (the lyrics altered to the woman's perspective). And then there's Jim Causley... Rollicking is a word I seldom use, but Jim is certainly rollicking on this upbeat number, amongst growling guitars and playful double-entendres.

I was immensely impressed with Folk Police's Oak Ash Thorn, which features several of the same singers, and I have to say this album doesn't have quite such a profound impact upon me, but it is nevertheless a very worthy release and I am keeping a close eye on what Folk Police are releasing, because they are fearless adventurers prepared to take the tradition on strange journeys.
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