Elizabethan Sessions- Friday 25 July, 2014
|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)
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.
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.
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.
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”
The Times *****
“An evening of unexpected songs...I look forward to
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
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