- Audio CD (17 Oct. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Dusty Willow Records
- ASIN: B005KXA4MQ
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Tales From The Weeping Willow CD
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'Tales from the Weeping Willow' is a collection of dark songs, laments & murder ballads. Combining duets and song contributions from Paul Heaton, Justin Currie, Alasdair Roberts and Paul Simmonds (of The Men They Couldn't Hang), musicians of the calibre of blues guitar master Kris Dollimore and a renowned folk genre producer in Gerry Diver, the album reworks key folk and country styles to showcase the full range of Naomi's haunting vocals. Born into a family immersed in music, Naomi learnt to sing some of these murderous ballads from the age of 5. Her father, Richard Bedford, edited some of the landmark pop videos of the late 70's and 80's including 'Come On Eileen', 'Undercover of the Night', 'Smooth Operator', 'The Great Rock n'Roll Swindle' & 'Poison Arrow', while at night the family home would reverberate to the sights & sounds of the new; cult movies showing in the living room, Julien Temple & Don Letts holding forth in the kitchen; The Clash, Dolly Parton & Hip Hop blasting from the bedrooms .To fund her illicit gig going & nights at the Mud Club, the young Naomi would often baby sit for her downstairs neighbour a guitarist named Andy Summers. His famous boiler suit now hangs next to her Cath Kidston dresses In 2000 Orbital heard Naomi singing at a Brighton party and co-opted her to sing on and co-write their hit single 'Funny Break'. With that record she appeared on Jools Holland's show alongside REM and across the national media. In 2007, re-enthused by the folk & country songs she had first loved as a child, Naomi re-entered the musical sphere with a self-released and Mick Glossop produced debut album entitled 'Dark They Were And Golden Eyed'. The beginnings of her unique fusion of English & Americana roots were evident, capturing the enthusiastic attention of Bonnie Prince Billy with her cover of his song 'Riding'. Now comes 'Tales From the Weeping Willow' a full realisation of her talent & a beguiling new take on this timely & timeless music. Four centuries of music in 43 minutes not to be missed.
"Brilliant and original, in equal parts" -- **** THE INDEPENDENT
"Her voice is so striking that your attention gets quickly nailed to the floor. You're on such a high at the end that you instantly hit play again, several times. It's easy to get besotted with" -- fROOTS
"Relentlessly intriguing and unexpectedly wonderful" -- **** MOJO
"`My Love Is Deep' wouldn't have been out of place on The Waterboys' `A Rock In The Weary Land', while Naomi's cover of Warren Zevon's `Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner' feels something akin to Springsteen in The Ghost Of Tom Joad territory"
Top Customer Reviews
Featuring songwriting collaborations and duets with Paul Heaton, Justin Currie and Alasdair Roberts, it truly deserves a wide audience. 'Daddy's Got A Gun' (a brand new song), 'Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner' (a Warren Zevon cover) and - especially - 'My Love Is Deep' (a collaboration with Currie) are just three obvious examples of the delights in store for newcomers to Naomi's world. In a world of karaoke X-Factor fodder, this album is the real deal....
Beg, borrow or steal (or preferably buy) a copy of `Tales from the Weeping Willow'. 11 eclectic tracks of utterly arresting,
mesmerising folk/country, both contemporary and traditional that'll leave your faith in all things alt/folk country thoroughly restored.
Rich, immersive production and sublime vocals combine to extraordinary effect. At times beautifully delicate (The Death of Queen Jane)
and hauntingly evocative (The Clouds Of Colwyn Bay) and at others joyously foot tapping (Rail Road Bill) and full of real gusto.
Bold, fresh, exquisite: Naomi Bedford is a revelation!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If Naomi Bedford were from Tennessee she would be world-famous. Best country singer this side of the Atlantic. Sings real good!Published on 23 July 2014 by RoyK
I more than like some of this album, an exploration of 'murder' songs and other twisted tales that are a refreshing change from 'twee' folk singers.Published on 28 Dec. 2013 by Mr. Richard Moore
I got this album a few days ago and have played it A LOT since it arrived. It's stunning. Really enjoying the first three tracks in particular at the moment: they're all absolutely... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2012 by MM
I adore this album. Bedford's music has an old sound but is still very fresh. You can listen to it at any time; it's just breath taking. Daddy's Got a gun is my favourite I think. Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2011 by La Esmerelda