Vagabond (Red LP + Bonus CD) [VINYL] Limited Edition
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The album is mostly a selection of traditional (very old) English Folk songs they've picked out. The songs are general uplifting, have a sense of humour, pretty or a combination of these. This is not the misery, navel gazing, waling/talking folk of 10/20 years ago. At the risk of putting some people off think fun, morris dancing tunes, sea shanties and sweet tunes.
They're accomplished musicians and the sound is amazing for just the two people coming from melodeon (squeezy box things), violin or guitar, piece of wood (stomping boot there on) and vocals. The quality comes from their choice of songs, how well they play and how well their playing complements each other.
I like the foot stompers best so maybe trading a slower song for another foot stomper would have given it better balance for me. But I still love the album.
Slower powerful tune and story. Violin
Birth of Robin Hood
A delicate and pretty song with some lovely guitar playing by Jon. Shame the title gives the story away!
My favourite track, foot stomping driven sea shanty. Great use of a wellington boot for stomping on the BBC footage (on their website). The fellas realy are together to drive the song on. Violin mode.
A bruding swaying song, almost Rob Roy sound track ish at the start then gaining pace. John's melodeon leads this song. Guitar swapped for Violin later on.
Delicate love song,, Jon's voice is promenent.Read more ›
Swaggering, jaunty upbeat pieces are dominant - Rambling Robin being a particularly nice example, in keeping with the loose theme of the album of songs about outsiders and rogues - but the jewel in the crown here to my thinking is The Rain It Rains, a mellower piece where Jon Boden was commissioned to create a (very lovely) tune to go with verses from Shakespeare. The Birth Of Robin Hood is another highlight. Of the instrumentals my favourite is Speed the Plough/The Princess Royal, or maybe the Welsh tune Gentlewoman (Y Fenyw Fwyn), I can't decide, both are quite different from each other, the former high-stepping and showy, the latter quite dainty and respectable, and it was a nice touch to include the short Vignette (a gentle reprisal of the tune from Tom Padget) to bring proceedings to a close.
There isn't a weak track on the album, it is a beautiful thing, it's vibrant and brimming with life, and really you should only hesitate to buy it if you prefer your folk music pallid and anaemic and laying listless on a bed of synths.
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The duo who began the Bellowhead phenomenon are brilliant in their own right.
Excellent musicianship - love it!
Love it, love it. Myself and my 17 yr old son can't stop playing it (along with their other CD's and Bellowheads too )Published on 26 Jun. 2011 by L. Jones