Saturday, December 27, 2014

Maddy Prior & The Girls - Bib & Tuck (England 2002) @320


Maddy goes back to basics with this new all-female acoustic trio.
Joining Maddy are her daughter Rose Kemp, at 17 already a blossoming singer and songwriter in her own right, and Abbie Lathe on vocals, guitar, keyboards and whistle.
With an emphasis on vocal harmony, the three will be turning their talents to a variety of traditional and contemporary material—drawing on Maddy's long and varied career, with gems from the Silly Sisters vaults, original songs from Maddy, Rose and Abbie, and a few surprises.

01. Accappella Stella (2.17)
02. I Am the World (2.06)
03. A Stitch in Time (2.51)
04. Hush Hush (3.18)
05. Rain (4.15)
06. Sweet Thames Flow Softly (4.43)
07. Down in the Valley (1.51)
08. I Need You to Turn to (3.10)
09. Drop of Blood (3.36)
10. Sparkling Rills (1.48)
11. True Colours (3.22)
The Cotton Triangle
12. Blow Boys Blow (Roud 703; G/D 1:2) (2.18)
13. The Dead Are Not Dead (1.06)
14. Homeless (1.46)
15. Haul Her Away (Roud 395) (2.03)
16. Cotton Fields (Roud 11662) (3.12)
17. Blow the Man Down (Roud 2624) (1.18)
18. Cropper Lads (2.51)
19. Doffin' Mistress (Roud 2133) (1.25)
20. Liverpool Judies (Roud 928) (4.25)


Maddy Prior: vocals
Rose Kemp: vocals
Abbie Lathe: vocals, guitar, keyboards, whistle

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Maddy Prior with Hannah James & Giles Lewin - 3 For Joy (England 2012) @320


A true legend of British music, Maddy Prior has built her long career on exploring various musical avenues. "3 For Joy" is no exception, a further exploration of the tradition that Maddy loves so much alongside two musical partners.

Together with Giles Lewin of the Carnival Band (who played on Maddy's last solo album, 2008's Seven For Old England) and accordion player Hannah James, the singer crafted an album that sits perfectly within her canon. There are elements that stretch back to her very first recordings with Tim Hart, others that are completely new.

As ever, the material on the record reflects Maddy's passion for seeking out new sources and inspiration - all seemingly disparate origins yet brought together into one natural whole by Prior and her remarkable collaborators.


01. Lock the Door Larriston / As a thoiseach (4:00)
02. The Raiders (4.09)
03. Dacre's Gone to the War (2.27) 
    All three songs are originally from Fyre & Sworde: Songs of the Border Reivers
04. Brisk Young Widow (Roud 2438) (1.44)
05. Doffing Mistress (Roud 2133) (2.12)
06. Serving Girl's Holiday (4.50)
07. Of All the Birds (Roud 496) (1.16)
08. Nanine (2520)
09. Gankino Horo tune (3.26)
10. Nauchila Sa Hubava Doina (1.48)
11. An Undoing World / Der Glater Bulgar (6.02)
12. The Factory Girl (Roud 1659) / Buck Dance (2.50)
13. Wondrous Love (Roud 5089) (2.34)
14. Oh My Nanny tune (3.51)

Maddy Prior: vocals.
Hannah James: vocals, accordion.
Giles Lewin: vocals, violin, viola, recorder, bagpipes

Monday, December 8, 2014

Beatriz Pichi Malen - Plata (2000 Argentina) @320


Offered by Ova Chez, a FY's friend.

The Mapuche Indians marked the Argentinean history till the last quarter of the 19th century, when their military domination of the country's wide open spaces was crushed by the Argentinean army, finally armed with the most sophisticated weapons available at the time.

Today, the Mapuche culture and people are still alive in Argentina, much to the surprise of the white dominant society, which is just beginning to re-discover the indigenous foundation of their country.

Beatriz Pichi Malen is an heir to this history, dedicating her life to the search and transmission of the ancient Mapuche songs.

Beatriz Pichi Malen was born in Los Toldos, Province of Buenos Aires, and is the great great granddaughter of Coliqueo, the famous 19th-century Mapuche Chief. Since 1984 she has been active in the dissemination of Mapuche culture and history, collaborating with many educational institutions all over Argentina. Workshops and seminars on Mapuche song and dance make up an important part of her activities, especially with important festivals like the Festival de Cosquin, Province of Cordoba.

In 1994 she was awarded first prize in the category "vocal soloist" at the Festival de Cosquin, Argentina. That same year she began a series of presentations on Mapuche culture throughout Argentina, including a performance at the amphitheater of the Argentinean House of Deputies. In 1995 she was awarded the "Condor de Oro", followed in 1997 by, the "Argentinean Music Award" from Tribuna Musical Argentina in the ethnic music category. Tribuna Musical Argentina also selected one of Beatriz Pichi Malen's songs for the international CD release of the institute.

In 2000 the artist recorded her first CD of ancient Mapuche songs called Plata. The same year Beatriz Pichi Malen was the invited artist to take part in the Argentinean tour of Joe Zawinul and the Zawinul Syndicate.


01 - Kurüf Tayül (Cancion sagrada del viento)
02 - Poyenekayan (Seguire amando)
03 - Gürü Tayül (Grito del zorro)
04 - Ül Kantun (Canto popular)
05 - Logkanao (Danza mapuche)
06 - Canción Para Dormir a un Niño
07 - Nayen (Cancion de amor)
08 - Canción del Viudo
09 - Iapinilke Mapu (Tierra de Iapinilke)
10 - Müxün Tayül (Cancion Uxun)
11 - Pewen Tayül (Cancion del Pewen)
12 - Ül Kantun (Canto popular)
13 - Maci Ül (Cancion de la Machi)
14 - Iapinilke Mapu (Tierra de Iapinilke)
15 - Antü Tayül (Cancion del sol)
16 - Pensamiento de Aime Paine


Beatriz Pichi Malén: Voice and Mapuche Instruments
Nestor Lencenella: Synthesizers
Sergio Lencenella: Bass

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Whirling Pope Joan - Spin (1994 England) @192


'Whirling Pope Joan' were hurdy gurdy player Nigel Eaton and singer Julie Murphy. They
released one classic and groundbreaking album in 1994 called 'Spin' which included many
new compositions and versions of English, Breton and Welsh folk songs, This classic and rare album also has songs by Jimmy Sommerville and American songwriting genius Terry Allen.


1. Doldrum
2. Donna Lombarda
3. Ffoles Llantrisant
4. Puit D'Amour / Tiennet
5. False True Love
6. Sept Marins
7. Jasmine Sweet
8. Searching For Lambs / Lost Hearts
9. Captains Courageous
10. Ffarwel I Aberystwyth / Cote Pile
11. Scotis Lwyd / Scotis Syml
12. Bloodlines
13. Sept Marins Again / Hanter Dro


Ian Luff: Bass
Nigel Eaton: Hurdy Gurdy, Synthesizer, Drum Programming
Julie Murphy: Voice

Julie Murphy - A Quite House (2012 Wales) @320


Julie Murphy’s voice has been described as “one of the finest of these islands” by BBC Folk on 2’s Mike Harding and has led to collaborations with music legends like Robert Plant, Danny Thompson and John Cale. Well known internationally for her work with innovative Welsh folk group fernhill she is also a highly respected songwriter and is about to release a new solo album, “A quiet house”, her first since “Lilac tree” ten years ago. The new album, recorded in her front room with engineer Jens Shroeder and produced by Murphy will be released on her own label and available on bandcamp via her website and at gigs.

The very personal, english language songs were written at the piano, an instrument Murphy started playing about two years ago ” when the house became suddenly quiet ” and are influenced ” as much by the paintings of Chagall and Ceri Richards as they are by folk song and the music of Steve Reich and Joanna Newsom “. The only other musician on the album is Welsh Canadian Ceri Owen Jones on trombone and harp. Jones, now living in Wales has a background in avant garde improv, jazz and ska which he explored as a member of Edmonton’s Chamber Graffitti, Calgary band No More Shapes and as guest musician with Tucson bands Calexico and Giant Sand.

The songs were recorded live, mostly first takes, with only the spoken word elements overdubbed. The piano and harp on Convoy, a setting of a poem by the Cornish poet Charles Causley, were completely improvised and the track includes murphy reading short entries from her father’s diary.


1. Piano Abstract
2. The Fountain
3. You Are Flown From Me
4. The Sugarspell
5. Kathleen
6. Convoy
7. Essex Song
8. Piano Lyrical


Julie Murphy: Vocals, Piano.
Ceri Owen Jones: Trombone, Harp ['Telor' Harp]
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