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Lark Rise to Candleford
     

Lark Rise to Candleford

by The Albion Band
 

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The loose aggregation called the Albion Band becomes even looser for this adaptation of Flora Thompson's classic of country life, Lark Rise to Candleford. It's a mixture of song and speech taken from a dramatic version of the story, staged in London, and essentially split into two pieces, "Lark Rise," which is set on a summer day, and

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The loose aggregation called the Albion Band becomes even looser for this adaptation of Flora Thompson's classic of country life, Lark Rise to Candleford. It's a mixture of song and speech taken from a dramatic version of the story, staged in London, and essentially split into two pieces, "Lark Rise," which is set on a summer day, and "Candleford," which offers the contrast of winter. Time is very elastic, however, with "Lark Rise" ending with the enduring "Battle of the Somme," a tune about the enduring loss of life from that fruitless action which hit everywhere in England. The pieces, largely traditional, offer a real flavor of the rural life, whether it's something as simple as "Arise and Pick a Posy" or the eerie "Witch Elder," with some beautiful ghostly singing from Shirley Collins. It's not all idyllic, though; there's the conflict between Flora and her husband, John, who thinks her writing -- and books -- are a waste of time. But overall it offers a very accurate and moving portrait of village life in a time when everything was changing, from the traditional tunes, like "Speed the Plough," to music hall elements, such as "Scarlet and the Blue," and hymns, like "Jacob's Well," which round out the picture. Maybe it's not always happy -- Flora, for example, died lonely in her marriage -- but it's real and beautifully performed, with a sense of musical adventure in using the brass (which might have planted the seed for Brass Monkey) and the cream of the English folk-rock scene, under the direction of Ashley Hutchings, which makes an album that's utterly and ineffably English.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Talking Elephant
UPC:
5028479009725
catalogNumber:
97

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Performance Credits

Albion Band   Primary Artist
Martin Carthy   Jew's Harp,Vocals,Group Member
Shirley Collins   Vocals,Group Member
John Kirkpatrick   Accordion,Concertina,Vocals,Button Accordion,Melodeon,Group Member
Ashley Hutchings   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Telephone Voice,Group Member
Brian Protheroe   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Martin Simpson   Banjo,Group Member
Peter Bullock   Keyboards,Group Member
Bill Caddick   Triangle,Vocals,Group Member
Howard (Jimmy) Evans   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Group Member
Doug Morter   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist,Group Member
Steve Saunders   Trombone,Tuba,Euphonium,Group Member
John Tams   Harmonica,Mellophonium,Vocals,Melodeon,Group Member
Graeme Taylor   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Soloist,Group Member
Michael Greggory   Drums
Michael Gregory   Drums,Group Member
Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band   Narrator

Technical Credits

Ashley Hutchings   Composer
Mick Rowley   Producer
Alan Jakoby   Engineer
Michael J. McDonagh   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer

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