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5.0 out of 5 stars Full-on English
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Full English - but not altogether "folk"
There are some good tracks here, and some typical "folk" sounds. Some of the material is written by members of the group.

The booklet begins with the statement: "The thousands of traditional songs, dances, tunes and customs etc.". Surely it is on this musical material that the group should be concentrating.

Why, then, is the last...
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full-on English, 9 Oct 2013
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S. D. Crawshaw (uk) - See all my reviews
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk supergroup triumph, 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English folk music at its best, 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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class folk album, 17 Oct 2013
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Miss M. Potter "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars The Full English - but not altogether "folk", 18 July 2014
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VESPERTILIO "Vespertilio" (Romiley, Stockport, Cheshire England) - See all my reviews
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There are some good tracks here, and some typical "folk" sounds. Some of the material is written by members of the group.

The booklet begins with the statement: "The thousands of traditional songs, dances, tunes and customs etc.". Surely it is on this musical material that the group should be concentrating.

Why, then, is the last track "Linden Lea"? This beautiful and simple song has words by the Dorset poet, William Barnes and music by one of the greatest of 20th Century English composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams. It cannot be considered as "folk music" by any stretch of the imagination. There are recordings of the song, sung by fine singers, in the original version intended by Vaughan Williams. What we get here is a version in which the tune and rhythm are distorted and the harmonic change (so characteristic of the composer) in the third verse is completely ignored.

The group should have given more thought to the manner in which they finished an otherwise worthwhile disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars New to Folk, 7 July 2014
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P. SKEATES (Reading, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant in every respect, 1 Jun 2014
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The folk scene's current super group provides a marvellous tour through the recently completed catalogue of English folk music. Just sit back and marvel at the musicianship!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 10 May 2014
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting, 9 May 2014
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a wonderful combination of musicians and voices. The tunes are well chosen - a must have in your collection if you are even remotely interested in folk.
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