A Quiet Eye

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
At first glance, a program that includes the World War II-era pop classic "I'll Be Seeing You" alongside the 16th-century Child ballad "The Gardener" might seem like quite a stretch. But when top British folk song interpreter June Tabor applies her soulful alto to the tunes, the combination works. For her first recording in three years, Tabor pairs up with the Creative Jazz Orchestra for a collection which, while evincing a jazz tinge, really hews to the heart of folk singer's work: focusing on the words and the melody. Tabor, known for her collaborations with Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior as well as Martin Simpson and the Oyster Band, continues her explorations of folk ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
At first glance, a program that includes the World War II-era pop classic "I'll Be Seeing You" alongside the 16th-century Child ballad "The Gardener" might seem like quite a stretch. But when top British folk song interpreter June Tabor applies her soulful alto to the tunes, the combination works. For her first recording in three years, Tabor pairs up with the Creative Jazz Orchestra for a collection which, while evincing a jazz tinge, really hews to the heart of folk singer's work: focusing on the words and the melody. Tabor, known for her collaborations with Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior as well as Martin Simpson and the Oyster Band, continues her explorations of folk music in a chamber setting, with a thoughtful rendition of "The Water Is Wide," a bluesy version of Richard Thompson's "Pharaoh," and a strong take on Maggie Holland's challenging view of patriotism, "A Place Called England." A QUIET EYE was named one of the Top Ten Albums of 1999 in the British magazine Folk Roots.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
As June Tabor ages her voice seems, paradoxically, to become clearer and sharper. She is also becoming increasingly interested in expanding her repertoire beyond the traditional British and Irish folk music on which her early career was built. There are no fiddles or guitars on this album; instead there are Huw Warren's piano and the Creative Jazz Orchestra, a big band complete with French horn and two trombones. So has she finally crossed the line that separates a mere singer from a chanteuse? Not yet, thankfully. While one of these songs does come from a musical, a plurality of them including such standbys as "The Water Is Wide" and "I Will Put My Ship in Order" are traditional, and there are two Richard Thompson covers "Waltzing's for Dreamers" and "Pharaoh" and a fine version of Ewan MacColl's immortal "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." The big-band arrangements are surprisingly effective, especially on the Maggie Holland composition "A Place Called England" and on the dour "Pharaoh." Not everyone will prefer this album to her earlier work, but Tabor herself has never sounded better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Topic Records
  • UPC: 714822051026
  • Catalog Number: 510
  • Sales rank: 113,984

Album Credits

Performance Credits
June Tabor Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Roy Dodds Percussion
Mark Emerson Violin, Viola
Mark Lockheart Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dudley Phillips Double Bass
Huw Warren Piano
Andy Schofield Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Mark Bassey Trombone
Iain Dixon Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Jim Rattigan French Horn
Richard Bolton Cello
Richard Fox Tuba
Richard Iles Trumpet
Llam Kirkman Trombone
Technical Credits
June Tabor Arranger
John Ravenhall Producer
Huw Warren Arranger
Trevor Hallesy Engineer
Dick Beetham Mastering
John Haxby Sleeve Design
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