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This is Jackie Oates' self titled debut album, recorded and produced by Phil Beer. The album comprises traditional English ballads, songs and tunes, and features some of the finest traditional musicians from Devon and beyond. Jackie Oates (vocals, 5 string viola, violin, melodeon), Ed Rennie (cittern, guitar, melodeons, bass harmonica, spoons, Dartmoor step dancing), Martin Keates (melodeon), Phil Beer (guitar, fiddle, tenor guitar, percussion, keyboards), Jonathan Shoreland (wooden concert flute, veuze, B flat pastoral oboe, B flat flute), Belinda O'Hooley (electronic piano), Matt Norman (violin), Emma Blackie (cello). Tracks: Banks Of Green Willow / The Cruel Ships Carpenter / The Streams Of Lovely Nancy / Mormond Braes / I Wish It Was Last September; Ickbod / Lord Abore And Mary Flynn / The Flower Of Northumberland / Lavenders Blue; Mazurka / The Staffordshire Maid / The Mistletoe Bough / Rambleaway / Broken Town. Bonus track: The 14th November.
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It may not become a classic but this lady is capable of producing one in the future so I'm saving my 5 star review for that.
If you love English folk music created by artists who so obviously love music making for the sake of the music, buy this with confidence.
The haunting Mistletoe Bough is one of the highlights of the album for me, as is Broken Town. The whole album has a simple, natural feel to it and it is a delight to listen to.
She sings Traditional English folk with a gentle and honest voice of today not trying to be 'folky' in a way that some younger singers sometimes feel they should be.
I could listen to her all day everyday, she will be very very well known in a matter of not very long!
The wishfullness waltz...ahh, beautiful!
Her fiddle playing is pretty good, but again has tuning concerns. I guess she must have a classical training and tries to hit the note spot on rather than being a bit looser in a fiddle players way. A bit more obvious 'slide'/vibrato in voice and violin would definitely help.
I would have liked some more of the exceptional guitar work I heard from her support artist live. He had a great voice too. I missed harmonies and we could have done with some more variety in the instrumental department... just a little a whistle? no bodrhan/drum, no pipes? It would have broken it up a little as it began to feel a little 'samey'.
If you're reading this Jackie, put more of yourself into it as it sounded a little remote, too much of a performance. You didn't make me believe what you were singing about, nor convinced that you believed it. Don't worry what others think, just go for it and as another reviewer says I think you can produce a really good album in the future... just not this one.
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