Flame of Fire

Flame of Fire

by Brass Monkey
     
 

Even if one were unfamiliar with Brass Monkey, the very name of the group prepares the listener for folk music outside the box. After all, when one thinks of tuba, German beer gardens and polkas come to mind, not British folk music. But the presence of songs like "The Swinton May Song" and instrumentals like "The Queen's Birthday" onSee more details below

Overview

Even if one were unfamiliar with Brass Monkey, the very name of the group prepares the listener for folk music outside the box. After all, when one thinks of tuba, German beer gardens and polkas come to mind, not British folk music. But the presence of songs like "The Swinton May Song" and instrumentals like "The Queen's Birthday" on Flame of Fire assures the listener that this is definitely British folk music. Having said this, the music that percussionist Martin Brinsford, trumpeter Howard Evans, accordion player John Kirkpatrick, trombonist Roger Williams, and multiple instrumentalist Martin Carthy makes is eclectic and unusual. The album successfully moves between songs and instrumentals, keeping the listener alert with lively arrangements and solid vocals. The leading piece, "The Swinton May Song," is adorned with a jaunty cadence and features a fine vocal by Carthy. Kirkpatrick is an equally fine vocalist, offering a good rendition of "The Game of All Fours." Brass Monkey, however, takes its instrumental work just as seriously. "The Swinton May Song" is followed by an instrumental, "The Installation," a tune with a heady mixture of tambourine, horns, and drums, and custom made for dancing. As with earlier Brass Monkey albums, Flame of Fire shows that there are many ways to make enjoyable folk music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Topic Records
UPC:
0714822055024
catalogNumber:
550

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brass Monkey   Primary Artist
Martin Carthy   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,5-string Banjo,Group Member
John Kirkpatrick   Accordion,Vocals,Anglo Concertina,Group Member
Martin Brinsford   Drums,Saxophone,Tambourine,Berimbau,Reco-reco,Shaker,Cymbalom,Mouth Organ,Group Member
Howard (Jimmy) Evans   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Group Member

Technical Credits

Martin Carthy   Arranger,Liner Notes
John Kirkpatrick   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Martin Brinsford   Arranger
Howard (Jimmy) Evans   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Oliver Knight   Engineer

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