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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000007MZJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bunyan's Hymn (Monks Gate)
  2. When The Wind Begins To Sing
  3. Wexford Lullaby
  4. I Saw Three Ships/Newgate Hornpipe
  5. Planxty Llanthony/Loftus Jones
  6. Fagottanz
  7. At The Break Of Day
  8. Travellers' Prayer
  9. South Wind/Feathered Nest
  10. Estampie

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The problem in evaluating a newly purchased CD often lies in your expectations. Say "John Renbourn with a bunch of Irish musicians", and you automatically expect lots of fiddles and "boxes", wild and furious, foot-stomping jigs and reels, melancholic songs and beautiful slow airs. Well, I did anyway. And the beauty is certainly there, but not so much of the wild stuff (save track 9, which also features some fine pipe playing). Once I realized what Renbourn's project really was - and in fact it is not all that different from his ambition in general: to mix folk, blues, early music and even Classical into an excellent blend (leaving out the jazz and ragtime influences this time around) - it all started to make a lot more sense to me. This is a rather polished production, mostly soft guitar playing that puts taste and beauty before flashiness, accompanied by clarinets, Irish flutes and percussion, interspersed with trained voices singing a capella. Most of the time it works wonderfully, though very occasionally the ensemble playing could for my taste be just a tad tighter (particular the drum on track 4, which sticks out like a sore thumb to be honest), the only thing preventing me from giving it a full five stars. It is great to see the genius of John Renbourn (no lesser word is appropriate for it) still thriving on this CD, recorded near the end of his fourth decade of performing and recording his unique approach to the acoustic guitar as a solo instrument or part of a small ensemble.
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John Renbourn usually mixes elements of Folk, Jazz, blues early music and classical into his recordings. This new album is no exception.
This is a most interesting album indeed. There is a strong Irish influence in the tunes and via the guest musicians.
The album gets off to a good start with track one Bunyan's Hymn (monks gate) This takes the melody of the folk song the Blacksmith as noted by Ralph Vaughn Williams with word from John Bunyan’s A pilgrim’s progress. Who would valiant be.
Track two has its roots in tradition. When the wind begins to sing, gets a great arrangements here with Conner Byrne and Maire Breathnach on flute and fiddle
There is a wonderful version of Wexford Lullaby on track three. Taken from the Oxford Book of Carols and with an arrangement that features Gerry Cullen, Phill Callery and Fran McPhail (The voice squad) along with Mairead Ni Dhomhnail on vocals.
Track four is the Traditional carol I saw three ships, with Newgate Hornpipe. Here we get Dick Lee on recorders and Bill Kemp on percussion.
Planxties form the basis of track five. Renbourn combines Planxty Llanthiny with a piece he learned from Robin Williamson called Loftus Jones. These perhaps should be expected to be on Harp but here we get John on guitar, (with over dub)
Track six is Fagottanz. This is an original piece by Renbourn and was written and named after a café in Belgium. There is a great sound on the arrangement with Bill Kemp and the Dublin Symphony woodwind helping out.
By the break of day is track seven. This is another piece by Renbourn performed on Guitar. Track Eight, the title track, Travellers prayer is a prayer based on a publication in the 1800s by Alexander Carmichael of travellers prayers and stories Irish Tinkers.
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HASH(0xa02edef4) out of 5 stars Doesn't change, but keeps getting better 27 Dec. 2000
By C. H Smith - Published on
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John Renbourn's style and choice of material has hardly changed since the late 1960s, but his basic starting point is so flexible and--musical--that he still finds new directions to move in. In some respects "Traveller's Prayer" very much resembles in format, material and forces the other small ensemble projects he has been involved in as group leader (specifically, three or four albums as the John Renbourn Group, and one as Ship of Fools), but over his post-Pentangle years he has managed to slowly but surely remove from his music one of its very few weaknesses, a tendency toward over-tension (i.e., being just a bit too tightly wound). "Traveller's Prayer" is totally relaxed, totally balanced, and fully musical--without lacking an appropriate dose of tension and drama in the right places. And we are still offered some real gems of straight virtuostic play on the old 6-string. For those who are unfamiliar with Renbourn, this is the best place to start--though they should be alerted that his catalog is at this point quite extensive, including in addition to the items mentioned several duet albums with country blues master Stefan Grossman, the early Pentangle albums, and over half a dozen solo and small forces albums extending from the mid-60s through the early 90s. The good news is that every one of them is worth getting: Renbourn has never made a bad, or even mediocre, album.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa02edf48) out of 5 stars Just about perfect 4 Jun. 1999
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I've been a Renbourn fan starting in his Pentangle days, but since he left that group I think his best work has been his solo albums rather than his collaborations. This album is a glorious exception. Partly it's the people involved: any album that includes fiddler Maire Breatnach and singer Mairead Ni Dhomnaill has an advantage to start with! But every aspect of the album, from the solo performances to the more improvisational group efforts, and the two tightly harmonized vocal arrangements, shows the depth of Renbourn's musicianship. And he's no slouch as a composer, either: he's so comfortable with the Anglo/Celtic folk idiom (not to mention medieval and Renaissance popular music) that I defy anyone to distinguish the composed from the traditional tunes on this album without reading the liner notes. (He's rather cagy about the origins of the title tune, but I heard his group perform it in '88 in Britain, and he said then that he wrote it himself.) Some musicians who were popular 30 years ago have produced nothing but reruns ever since; Renbourn just keeps getting better and better.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1054e28) out of 5 stars A fleet-fingered elf plucking notes of grace 10 Feb. 2004
By loce_the_wizard - Published on
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It's hard not to lean heavily on the adjectives when trying to convey just how fine "Traveller's Prayer" sounds. John Renbourn, as venerable and talented as any acoustic guitarist, has crafted a collection of traditional material drawn from English and Celtic traditions, but arranged and interpreted in a fresh, at time delicate manner.
Many critics have rightly praised this collection, perhaps without pausing to listen to the nuances and subtleties that shimmer and shine. The interplay of guitar, flute, fiddle (not too much fiddle), percussion, recorder, whistles, and voice creates an elemental essence, as though the music is transformed into a sweet smoke. Mr. Renbourn shines thoughout, a fleet-fingered elf plucking notes of grace.
A wealth of skilled guests accompany Mr. Renbourn, who in his unassuming way even includes all-vocal tracks.
The excellent liner notes explain how these sessions came to be, what Mr. Renbourn set out to, and did, accomplish, and what history accompanies each selection.
Part balm, part joy, "Traveller's Prayer" will ease the road before you or brighten your hearth. Share this CD with your quieter friends.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa02f61ec) out of 5 stars *Beautiful* acoustic music 16 July 2000
By Eddie Finn - Published on
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Traveler's Prayer is a personal favorite, with tasteful renditions of traditional favorites (I Saw Three Ships, Bunyan's Hymn, At the Break of Day - known to me as Be Thou My Vision) and original melodies powerful in their simplicity and clarity. This recording has always impressed me for it's production values, best realized on a quiet evening with no interruptions.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa02f636c) out of 5 stars Travelers Prayer 27 Oct. 2001
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The English aren't known for for their cooking, exquisite lodging or other comforts. However the thousands of years of blending medevil, and other classic types make their traditional music unique. Especially when done by an interpreter like Renbourn. Very nice.
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