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Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man

Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man

by Waterson:Carthy
     
 
Think of Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man as a theme album, a celebration of rituals of several kinds, from Mayday to wassail and beyond. It's a slightly different exploration of the tradition (with a few modern pieces that slot in perfectly), and one for which Waterson Carthy<

Overview

Think of Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man as a theme album, a celebration of rituals of several kinds, from Mayday to wassail and beyond. It's a slightly different exploration of the tradition (with a few modern pieces that slot in perfectly), and one for which Waterson Carthy have added to the basic quartet, with vocal trio the Devil's Interval, percussion, brass and cello. Some of the songs are hymns, really, and others, like "Sugar Wassail" borrow carol tunes. Certainly there's an anthemic, grand quality to it all, even when Martin Carthy performs "Christ Made a Trance" solo. Some of the pieces are familiar, although definitely not standard, such as "Cherry Tree Carol" and "Diadem" (which is given the grand treatment here), while others are fresh, like the closer "Gloryland." Essentially, this is an epic venture, intelligently and thoughtfully put together. It expands the horizons of Waterson Carthy in a fascinating way, although it's really just an extension of what they do normally. But you sense the deep pleasure they take in the material, shaping and bringing it back to life. It's impossible to find any fault with this record; the arrangements swell with an elegant formality, the voices flow with passion and the songs are nothing less than gorgeous.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Topic Records
UPC:
0714822056229
catalogNumber:
562
Rank:
152838

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Waterson:Carthy   Primary Artist
Martin Carthy   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Martin Brinsford   Percussion
Eliza Carthy   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
Norma Waterson   Triangle,Vocals,Group Member
Alice Kinloch   Trombone,Tuba
Tommy Allan   Trumpet
Oliver Knight   Cello
Tim van Eyken   Vocals,Melodeon,Group Member
Jim Causley   Vocals
Lauren McCormick   Vocals
Emily Portman   Vocals

Technical Credits

Martin Carthy   Arranger,Liner Notes
Tony Engle   Executive Producer
Eliza Carthy   Arranger
J. Kirkpatrick   Composer
Norma Waterson   Arranger
Alice Kinloch   Brass Arrangment
Tommy Allan   Brass Arrangment
Traditional   Composer
Oliver Knight   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Tim van Eyken   Arranger,Brass Arrangment
Devil's Interval   Contributor

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