Apron Strings

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Memory Band played richly textured, mild-mannered guitar-based folk music with some influences from vintage British folk and folk-rock on Apron Strings, their second album. Instrumentally, they're most distinguished from other acts working in similar territory by their prominent use of both violin and viola, usually in the same track. Listen to the opening instrumental, a version of the traditional warhorse "Blackwaterside," and you'll be reminded of Donovan songs like "The Fat Angel," though the vibe is here relayed in a more detached, somber fashion. There's some other traditional material on the album too as well as an unexpected cover of Ronnie Lane's "The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Memory Band played richly textured, mild-mannered guitar-based folk music with some influences from vintage British folk and folk-rock on Apron Strings, their second album. Instrumentally, they're most distinguished from other acts working in similar territory by their prominent use of both violin and viola, usually in the same track. Listen to the opening instrumental, a version of the traditional warhorse "Blackwaterside," and you'll be reminded of Donovan songs like "The Fat Angel," though the vibe is here relayed in a more detached, somber fashion. There's some other traditional material on the album too as well as an unexpected cover of Ronnie Lane's "The Poacher", though most often the songs are the work of guitarist-founder Stephen Cracknell, and convey an autumnal, slightly melancholic outlook. The use of both male and female vocals Cracknell and Nancy Wallace being the most prominent contributors in that regard helps vary the moods, but the singing, and to a lesser degree the playing, would benefit from some more intensity and emotion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Dicristina Stair
  • UPC: 655035400822
  • Catalog Number: 8
  • Sales rank: 174,468

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blackwaterside (3:49)
  2. 2 Come Write Me Down (3:51)
  3. 3 Brambles (3:09)
  4. 4 Green Grows the Laurel (3:48)
  5. 5 I Wish I Wish (7:54)
  6. 6 The Light (4:44)
  7. 7 Want You to Know (4:06)
  8. 8 Deltic Soul (0:54)
  9. 9 Why (4:53)
  10. 10 Reasons (3:11)
  11. 11 Evil (4:33)
  12. 12 The Poacher (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Memory Band Primary Artist
Rob Spriggs Viola, Group Member
Stephen Cracknell Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Alan Doyle Cello, 12-string Guitar, Group Member
Simon Lord Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Nancy Wallace Guitar, Harmonium, Vocals, Group Member
Paul McGee Group Member
Jennymay Logan Violin, Group Member
Adem Ilhan Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ronnie Lane Composer
Stephen Cracknell Arranger, Composer
Mandy Parnell Mastering
Traditional Composer
Nancy Wallace Arranger
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