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  • Audio CD (29 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Edj
  • ASIN: B001G83TR6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The combined talents of northerners Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna-Palmer make up the award winning duo Megson. With two albums already under their belts they are fast making waves amongst the British folk / roots scene with captivating songs, beautiful harmonies, northern humour and impeccable musicianship. "Fresh, melodic and bushy-tailed." (Mojo – Aug 07). "This hits all the targets ****". (Rock 'n' Reel –Nov 07). "Exceptional" (Musician – Autumn 07). "A compelling collection of songs…stunning vignettes of life"*****(Maverick – Aug 07). "This is first rate - if you don't like this music you have a problem! Megson are a couple of potential stars, peaches and cream harmonies, melodic roots consciousness and a huge sense of individuality. " (fRoots – Oct 07). "An enthralling mélange of folk, country and influences from the north-east of England..."(Country Music People). "How gorgeous is that ? Absolutely beautiful.... An excellent new duo!" (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2). "Megson are pretty damm good" (Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2) PR by John Crosby. Confirmed picture caption review in Songlines, Andy Fife review in Q and Colin Irwin review in Mojo. Eager interest from Smooth Operations. Dedicated broadsheet and radio campaign, already highly tipped for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon nomination Tracks: O Mary Will You Go / Little Joe / Take Yourself A Wife / The Pitman's Happy Times / Fourpence A Day / The Oakey Strike Evictions / Jane Jamieson's Ghost / The New Fish Market / Sandgate Lassie's Lament. Also available: ON THE SIDE (EDJ011), SMOKE OF HOME (EDJ013).

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...two of the freshest, most original performers in the latest folk revival, and this album places them in the major league. -- The Guardian, Friday September 26th 2008

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As a big fan of Megson's last album - the largely original "Smoke of Home" - I approached "Take Yourself a Wife" with some trepidation. Songs gathered from 250 years of the North East's musical tradition didn't exactly make my heart leap in anticipation to be honest. But how wrong could I be? This is excellent stuff - nine tales of distant fathers and departing lovers, of press gangs and pit workers that move easily from the touching "Little Joe" to the entertaining knees-up of the title track.

One thing that links all the songs, though, is their rooting in the everyday experiences of working class folk over the last couple of centuries. Songs taken from writers who lived and worked in the area north of the Cleveland Hills and south of the Scottish borders. From the nine year olds working 12 hour shifts down the pits for "Fourpence a Day" and the Candymen who evicted striking miners from their homes on "The Oakey Strike Evictions" to protest songs about town planning in Newcastle ("The New Fish Market"), these are songs (and experiences) brought to life with conviction and sensitivity by Stu and Debbie Hanna-Palmer, who play all the instruments and whose vocal harmonising is a particular pleasure. Particularly when unaccompanied on the bailiff-baiting "The Oakey Strike Evictions" with its multi-tracked voices.

Megson deal with this sometimes dark subject matter with a lightness of touch that makes it accessible without losing any of it's impact.
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Folk Music at it's very best, with melodies and harmonies which are a delight to listen to. Whilst the songs are varied, they are all performed with passion and sensitivity, and the album does a great job in conveying to the listener the hardships suffered by North Eastern working folk in (mostly) the 19th Century, and the great sense of `powerlessness' which went along with this.

The album includes songs relating to `poor working conditions' (`..go half-clothed and half-fed till I can work no more...') and `emigration' (O Mary Will You Go', `working away from home' (Little Joe), `child slave-labour' (Fourpence A Day), `eviction of strikers' families' (The Oakey Strike Evictions' and `press-ganging' (`Sandgate Lassie's Lament'). Many of the songs also convey the importance of love and family in dealing with these hardships, and also the importance of humour - `Take Yourself a Wife' being a good example here.

My personal favourite is `Pitmen's' Happier Times' which touches on the issue of economic change - very relevant in today's economic climate. All in all one of the best ways ever of reminding ourselves of our social history.
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Megson, i caught them on youtube and thought, yeah! they're good and so talented too
so it was off to amazon and browse and found this cd which has all the tracks very listenable
Megson are a local duo from middlesbrough, which is another reason for the purchase

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This is an excellent example of traditional folk played with a contemporary sentiment.

Megson have done very well with this collection of songs centered on working class lives. Of course, folk music has always covered the entire class spectrum, but it is rare to find a collection focusing on one.

For those wo are just beginning to tap the rich vein of contemporary folk artists in the UK, this is as good a place to start as any.
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Amazingly no one has yet done Catherine Cookson the Musical but this is about the closest.
Its the kind of thing which is always on the History Channel like the Worlds Worst Jobs
Along with the Unthanks this is the music of Now and uses real events to create songs in the same way Catherine Cookson created fiction from Tyneside history
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