The English Collection - A Definitive Collection of Classic English Folk Music CD
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With more and more media focus on English culture of late, THE ENGLISH COLLECTION is ideally timed to catch the increased interest this has produced. Martin Carthy had a featured documentary profile on BBC 2 recently, there have also been televised concerts from Martin, Eliza Carthy, June Tabor and other English folk singers and for the last five years all of BBC Radio 2's Folk Albums Of The Year have been quintessentially English. The artists on THE ENGLISH COLLECTION are some of the best selling singers and musicians in England and include such high-profile artists as Martin Carthy, June Tabor, Eliza Carthy, Nic Jones, Martin Simpson, John Tams, Waterson:Carthy and many more. With over 76 minutes of music, a beautiful booklet with full notes on the songs and a budget price, THE ENGLISH COLLECTION makes an attractive purchase for the folk fan and casual buyer buyer alike Full track listing attached.
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There is a wide and broad diversity in interpretational styles represented here which not only showcases the richness of our cultural heritage but also the wealth of quality musicians and the variety of ways that English Folk music can be presented. The music ranges from the very traditional to the more contempory folk song writers and styles.
English Folk music is rich with its long history and repertoire. It has been handed down by generations of people. It is the "People's music". The Traditional elements should never be forgotten and should continue to be handed down, and the contempory elements should be embraced and respected as part of England's cultural identity. Here on this compilation we get that cross section of all elements old and new, and it makes a fabulous and original release that is a celebration of English Folk music.
Track one kicks off with a traditional tune and song performed by Waterson/Carthy with the Raggle Taggle Gypsies. This is a fine track that is ideal to start the compilation off. Second track is a contempory and acoustic piece from Steve Ashley which is an excellently traditional sounding modern song with guitar and accordion arrangement. Then "Virginia" a traditional piece performed by Bob Fox which again is acoustic and beautiful in interpretation. Track four is a wonderful celebration of three English pieces by Anthony Holbourne in a medley by Brass Monkey with the fantastic brass and accordion sound and the strong atmosphere of Elizabethan music in a contempory arrangement. Eliza Carthy brings us another Traditional piece with "Just as the tide was flowing" and Nic Jones brings us more traditional music with his interpretation of "Courting is a pleasure". Then even more Traditional sounds from Blue Murder who are actually a combined group of England's finest folk performers such as J. Boyce, Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, B. Coope, L. Simpson, Mike and Norma Waterson. Together as Blue Murder they give us a wonderful vocal only version of "The banks of sweet primroses". E2K bring us a contempory song with a modern sound on "Saint George's Quay" This compilation also continues with the Albion band and a light folk rock interpretation of B3491.I-95 written by J Broughton.
Track ten is beautiful with the haunting voice of John Tams with a great song of Traditional origin called "Hugh Stenson and Mollie Green." June Tabor is also on this compilation with a Traditional song called "I will put my ship in Order". Martin Carthy takes lead vocals on another track from Brass Monkey with "Flame of fire" Once again there is the rich sound of Brass and accordion here. Bob Davenport is also represented here with "I am a Rover". This Traditional song also features Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy. Finally there is the wonderful Traditional tune "Georgie" performed with acoustic guitar by Martin Simpson and "Columbine" from Lal Waterson and Oliver Knight.
If you are a pure Traditionalist then this album may not be your thing. If you are only interested in modern folk music, or you like both forms of Folk, then this is a treat. I think it is a good compilation with a strong diversity of styles. It is a celebration of some very successful English performers and stands testament to the originality that is English Folk Music.
This c.d. is very good value for money and, as a result of this purchase,
I've added some of the featured performer's solo releases to my c.d. collection...also bought from 'Amazon'!
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