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Adieu to Old England
     

Adieu to Old England

by Shirley Collins
 

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Originally released in 1974, this album continues Shirley Collins' exploration not only of traditional English folk songs, but also English tradition itself, whether on "Coronation Jig," written for the return of King Charles II in 1660, or "Portsmouth," taken from Playford's ancient book, The Dancing Master. While her focus, given her own history there, is on

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Originally released in 1974, this album continues Shirley Collins' exploration not only of traditional English folk songs, but also English tradition itself, whether on "Coronation Jig," written for the return of King Charles II in 1660, or "Portsmouth," taken from Playford's ancient book, The Dancing Master. While her focus, given her own history there, is on the music and songs of southern England, she does venture further north for a stirring "Horkstow Grange," a song reported to have been written by the name who gave Steeleye Span their name. Some of the arrangements, by sister Dolly Collins, evoke the medieval origins of these songs, while others bring to life the rural past of tales like "Chiner's Song." But Collins is far more than a dry scholar. She loves this music. It's in her blood, and she understands it innately, which is why her performances are so memorable. Her voice might be untrained, and often artless, but she stirs on a rendition of "The Ram of Derbish Town" in a way no "real" singer could. From Morris Men and Mummer's plays, this is a celebration of the real old England, the laborers who preserved the songs of the past, handed down in their families, and who commemorated festivals like Harvest Home, long since lost to urban societies. So, in part, this is a history lesson, but it's also pure pleasure of the past, brought fully alive in the modern days. And to round it all off, a 1972 track -- with electric guitar -- brings old folk into modern folk-rock quite perfectly.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/1999
Label:
Fledg'ling Uk
UPC:
5020393302326
catalogNumber:
3023

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Performance Credits

Shirley Collins   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Bob Stewart   Tuba
Simon Nicol   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dolly Collins   Flute,Vocals
Pat Donaldson   Bass
John Harrington   Conductor,Vocals
Ian Holder   Accordion
Bill Molan   Percussion,Vocals,Melodion,Melodeon
Terry Potter   Harmonica,Mouth Organ
Geoff Singleton   Fiddle,Percussion,Violin,Vocals
Roger Swallow   Drums
John Watcham   Conductor

Technical Credits

Shirley Collins   Annotation
Ashley Hutchings   Producer
Dolly Collins   Arranger
Trevor Crozier   Contributor
Derek Tompkins   Engineer
David Suff   Drawing
Traditional   Composer

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