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on 26 February 2016
Of its time..groundbreaking. Carthey has a great lineage and having delved deep into her fathers (Martin Carthey..obviously) collection has created an album of traditional and traditionally inspired songs but with a modern dynamic.
Of its era..very important and unsurprisingly still sounds great..
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on 7 January 2018
Good
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on 14 August 2015
Mercury nominated and for good reason! Stand out tracks : Worcester City & In London So Fair, worth buying for those songs alone.! Zoverstocks did their usual job....well described & quick delivery.
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on 2 November 2015
A birthday present from my wife, bless her!!
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on 18 July 2017
Great item thankyou
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 3 October 2013
Well, `pretty privateers` wouldn`t have sounded quite right, though you never know what you`ll find in a folk song.
This is one of Eliza`s most perfectly realised albums, from its witty title to its sumptuous inside booklet, with delightful pics of the photogenic Ms Carthy, with and without her fetching blue lipstick.
Topic Records do their artists proud, pictorially and musically. This album sounds wonderful, and indeed is just that. The choice of songs and instrumentals is a satisfying mix of the well-known (Just As The Tide Was Flowing) and the arguably more obscure, such as the ravishingly beautiful Willow Tree which closes the selection in fine style, and Bold Privateer, a song which her dad Martin `gave` her after, as Liza says in the notes, she` eventually held him in a savage stranglehold until he gave it up`. These angry young folk singers...
She`s joined on these songs by some of the best folk musicians around, including Spiers & Boden, Ben Ivitsky, Tim van Eyken, Barnaby Stradling, and others - not forgetting her mum and dad, both present and correct.
This tremendously fine, varied album, and another she made with similar musicians three years later, Rough Music, represent some of the most thoughtful as well as thought-provoking music of Eliza`s brilliant career.
Beautifully produced, immaculately sung and played, sensitively packaged, this is an essential recording by one of the most versatile, dynamic figures in British folk music - which finds itself on a roll these days, I`m glad to be able to say.
That`s at least partly down to the integrity and sheer musicianship of artists like Eliza Carthy - though her genes can`t have been a hindrance either.

Wonderful music from a wonderful artist.
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on 22 January 2013
This a wonderful album of traditional music from these sceptred isles.

I love the combination of what almost sounds like a scratch band who just happened to pick up some instruments which were lying around, and then launched into playing and revealed how skillful they are. This feels spontaneous (I'm sure it isn't, but the absence of a 'produced' tweaked in a studio feel is what gives rise to the immediate joyousness)

Carthy's ebulliant and bouncy fiddle playing is hard to sit still with, demanding the listener jig and twirl.

Perhaps this is sacriligious, but I rather prefer daughter to mother, vocally. Waterson is superb at dark strong tough smokiness (even if she doesn't, for me, touch the parts which only June Tabor can reach in earthy ancestral soulfulness) but that is what she always does. Carthy has some of this, but there is also a spring and a lightness and flexibility to her voice. At times she sounds sweetly, sorrowfully mellow, (listen to the Bold Privateer without tears threatening, if you can!), but she can mix this all up and sing of joys and frivolities with equal ease.

I held off that final star as I was more enchanted by the combination of Carthy's singing and playing, than I was by MCMBE (Martin Carthy MBE) the instrumental piece composed by Carthy Junior for dad, and found my attention dipping a bit here, particularly as it jarred for me a little with the English, particularly North Country English, traditional heritage of music, which is the concept of this album. MCMBE is like finding a chapter from a Virginia Woolf book inexplicably in the middle of one by Fielding!
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on 6 January 2017
Agree with all the eulogies above, especially on the commet linking her voice (very feminine, but warm, and totally without the sharp brittle nasality of some lady English folk singers) to Norma's! Utterly engrossing and beautiful treatments of these old traditional songs, especially my personal favourtie, Willow Tree, which closes the album. Simple melody in G, but only three or four chords, - five if you include the Gdim7 in its usual place! - and taken with a strong but steady rhythm, giving it almost the feel of a slow 4/4 swing number from the 30s! Fabulous. Only one small rider, which is that the, admittedly, imaginative and powerful arrangements occasionally, in the first few songs, almost overpower Eliza's voice. But overall, wonderful. More evidence that the traditional songs have the lyrical and musical strength to gain even more power from 20th/21st century arrangements, from Fairpot Convention's and Steelyee Span's amped-up ballads, to Joe Brown's (honest) upbeat version of the lovely gem, She moved through the Fair, to this superb collection by Eliza Carthy.
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VINE VOICEon 6 March 2005
Eliza Carthy boldly lays claim to a new genre with the inspired title of this beautiful album. It fits her music perfectly and needs no further explanation. Whereas she has in the past ironically sounded more dated when occasionally attempting more modern and experimental musical forms, her exploration of traditional material invariably sounds fresh and forward looking, and here she is again helped by a varied and fine collection of mostly acoustic musicians. 
Her affecting version of the old favourite Just As The Tide Was Flowing, revived by Shirley Collins with the Albion Band and by the American group 10,000 Maniacs amongst others, takes on an altogether more sombre and elegant timbre in its new reinvention, whilst many of the songs have been drawn from collections and archives, some brought to her by her father Martin Carthy, or Dr MCMBE, as an instrumental piece dedicated to him and on which he plays guitar is titled. Worcester City and Pretty Plowboy are two other highlights which seem to define what Eliza Carthy is all about. Although one of the themes of the album is Englishness there are, as she says, no border controls and one of the songs, In London So Fair, comes from the Irish singer Mary Ann Carolan, while some of the album was recorded in Edinburgh. 
In London So Fair was recorded on a Steinway, Eliza having switched from fiddle for the occasion, in a living room overlooking the sea, and you can almost hear the ocean in the atmosphere, so vivid is the recording (the sea being another of the main album themes). The lighthearted and jazz-tinted Willow Tree closes the album with a hint of new directions to come. A well balanced and mature album, and reassuring for the future of British folk music
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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERon 20 May 2005
Eliza Carthy, daughter of folk singers Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy, emerged in the late nineties as Britain's leading female folk singer. Eliza has always sought to bring a contemporary edge to her music, perhaps hoping in the process to get more people to take an interest in Britain's folk-song heritage. It is sometimes said that a great song will survive any interpretation, but adapting traditional songs written in an entirely different era when there was little or no backing music to a contemporary setting is no easy task. Nevertheless, Eliza has come up with an interesting and entertaining album that preserves the essence of each song. Listening to this album, nobody can be in any doubt that this is, at its heart, traditional folk music, even if it is updated slightly to appeal to listeners in the new millennium.
Eliza found many of the songs here on a twenty-volume series titled Voice of the people (released on Topic records, like this album). Folk music fans will find much of interest in that series, if they can afford it. To a wider audience, the best-known song here may be Just as the tide was flowing -10,000 Maniacs are among others to have recorded the song - but Eliza sings it her way and it's superb as all the songs here are. Among my other favorites here are Worcester City, Little gypsy girl, Bold privateer and Willow tree.
If you have any interest in traditional folk music, you should give this album a listen.
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