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Elizabethan Sessions- Friday 25 July, 2014 Viewed:240
Elizabethan Sessions CD now available!

“I hear tell of London, Buildings seven houses high, The perfume of the ladies, All the ways a man can die And the Woman King, she’s ten feet tall, She dresses all in white, They say she shines all over England, Though I’ve never seen the light” (London by John Smith)


This CD showcases the results of the multi artist commission from Folk by the Oak and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) that was inspired by the Elizabethan era took place in March 2014.


Featuring the cream of the contemporary folk world in a week-long residency, songs were premiered at live show at Hatfield House, childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, and Cecil Sharp House. The group also appeared at the Folk by the Oak festival that takes place in the field featuring the very oak tree where legend claims the young Princess Elizabeth learnt of her ascent to the throne.


Produced by Andy Bell (The Full English), the album was recorded at the Old Palace at Hatfield House in the very hall where Queen Elizabeth held her first Council of State and at Cecil Sharp House, home of EFDSS and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

From John Smith’s darkly brooding track London reflecting life as a peasant in Elizabethan England to Nancy Kerr’s Shores of Hispaniola examining the slave trade that of the the era; The Elizabethan Session is a classic blend of traditional and contemporary tracks.


Featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, and reviewed in The Guardian, Times, R2, fRoots, Living Tradition and Songlines, it promises to be one of the albums of 2014.

  “Alchemy yielded gold from the very beginning… a stunning and unforgettable evening”

Clive Davis, The Times *****


“An evening of unexpected songs...I look forward to the album"

Robin Denselow, The Guardian **** 


“An exciting project...It promises to be, to borrow another phrase from the Bard, a concord of sweet sounds”
Martin Chilton, Daily Telegraph

Order and read more about the album by clicking here

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