Flame of Fire [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Topic Records
  • UPC: 714822055024
  • Catalog Number: 550

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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