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on 9 October 2013
The eagerly awaited album in conjunction with the EFSDS website relating to the same material is an absolute joy. Many of the best and leading musicians of the current golden renaissance of British Folk music have been brought together by Fay Hield to produce a majestic album which, in time, will be seen to have the same importance as such tour de force as the Shirley Collins Albion Band 'No Roses'

The playing throughout is exemplary, as you would expect from such a stellar cast. The choice of material wide ranging, from ballads to love songs, to perfectly executed instrumentals and music hall items. Fay takes lead vocals on 4 tracks, especially notable being a lovely closing version of Linden Lea. Nancy Kerr also provides lead on several tracks, including her self penned Fol the Day-O, which fits in with the traditional songs like a hand in a glove, and her dueting with Fay throughout is really beautiful. Too quite disimilar voices blending fantastically well.

The individual voices of the males can easily be identified on the ensemble numbers. Martin Simpsons guitar and vocals on Creeping Jane show what a fine reader of the tradition he is, and any fan of Seth Lakeman will be intrigued by his two contributions.

The most easily listenable tracks, Arthur O'Bradley (which has real tongue twisting lyrics) and Man in the Moon (with its music hall singalong) will probably get the most airplay, but there isnt a duff track amongst them.

Finally, a mention for Sam Sweeney, Rob Halbron, and Ben Nicholls, as fine a trio of musicians you could wish to hear.

Brilliance deserves recognition. BUY THIS CD !
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on 28 October 2013
I tend to find talk of 'revivals' to be unhelpful and, sometimes, overstated. Nonetheless, this album marks the fact that the heritage of these islands, in musical terms, is alive, well and being celebrated.
On this occasion, it is being celebrated by a group of the finest musicians currently playing (and singing)traditional music.
I had the good fortune to see them perform it live but the album stands very well on its own and passes the fabled 'whistle test' remarkably well, providing songs and tunes that will be hummed, whistled and, one hopes, sung to wider audiences.
I may be a tad biased but all round, a very good album and one well worth buying.
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on 22 February 2014
Given the line-up featured in The Full English, one would expect something special, and this album doesn't disappoint. Those familiar with the various participants will no doubt be able to tell which member is the driving for behind each track - Seth Lakeman, Nancy Kerr etc have their distinctive styles - yet the collection hangs together well as a whole listening experience. No surprise that the group was recognised at the recent BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. It's also great that the record draws attention to England's rich musical heritage - so often overlooked compared to those of Scotland and Ireland.
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With a great line up of performers this recording is of stand out quality. I believe this album will be a classic in years to come. It really is a milestone.
With the likes of Seth Lakeman and the great Martin Simpson you cannot go wrong. And they are joined by equally talented performers Fay Hield, Nancy Kerr, Ben Nicholls, Rob Harbron and Sam Sweeney.
There is a wide variety of instruments and some great song choices. it is a great project and the sound is great.
This well arranged traditional sounding folk album is easily recommended.
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on 1 February 2015
Sort of the Cecil Sharp House house band. They should sell one copy of this to every Steeleye, Fairport, or Albion fan. It should be mandatory. No one would complain. A really listenable effort. If I were an astronaut, I'd dance The Man in the Moon in the Mare Tranquillitatis, and so would you.
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Just to add my two penn'orth to the chorus of praise this album has received. It really is as good as it's cracked up to be. It has a range of great traditional English songs and tunes performed with love and with great musicianship and wonderful singing including the fine, rich harmonies that these songs cry out for.

Read the reviews, try a sample or two and snap this up - it's real treat.
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on 2 February 2015
There is a great variety of singing voices and instrumental accompaniments. I enjoy all the tracks. My only regret is that so far, I have not been able to work out who sings what on the different tracks, they don't seem to be given individual credits in the accompanying booklet, which is otherwise informative. I want to follow up the individual artists further.
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on 2 November 2013
An excellent album from a folk supergroup. Fay has done an amazing job of bringing some of the top folk musicians in the country to perform on this album. I agree with the other comments that this could be a classic album and the start of something far bigger. The album is a mix of great songs including Awake Awake, Stand by your Guns, Creeping Jane, Arthur Bradley, Portrait of my wife, Man in the moon and Linden Lea. But the album is very strong throughout. This is not just an "English" album, the songs and influences come from all round the country.

This album has also been heavily nominated at the BBC Folk 2014 awards.....Best Group, Best album etc.

I saw this album played live at Cecil Sharp House on the "Full English" tour. It was a pretty amazing night and I cannot recommend the album highly enough.
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on 28 December 2015
Can't fault the quality of the production, the vocals and instrumental playing is superb. There are some great tracks on this album, like Awake Awake, but can't help thinking that with all of the English folk tradition to choose from, some better songs could have been included. Songs like Linden Lea and the instrumental tracks chosen I find a bit boring. Down to personal preferences I suppose.
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on 31 March 2014
The first time I heard this I was quite dissapointed. The second time I thought, maybe not so bad, and so it grows on you until you realise this is actually a class act and a great album. Now I love it.
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