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Panic Grass & Fever Few
     

Panic Grass & Fever Few

by Ian King
 

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If you're ever playing the Six Degrees of Separation game and you want to connect old-school American hip-hop to British folk music in one move, you can invoke the name of Ian King's Panic Grass & Fever Few, which must surely be the only English trad folk album to feature the playing of former Sugar Hill Records house bassist Doug Wimbish. But there are plenty

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If you're ever playing the Six Degrees of Separation game and you want to connect old-school American hip-hop to British folk music in one move, you can invoke the name of Ian King's Panic Grass & Fever Few, which must surely be the only English trad folk album to feature the playing of former Sugar Hill Records house bassist Doug Wimbish. But there are plenty of other reasons to be enamored of this U.K. folkie's debut effort; King is one of the precious handful of artists committed to moving traditional Brit-folk into the 21st century, with the same adventurous spirit the prompted the likes of Fairport Convention to push folkie boundaries in the '60s. This is no folk-rock album, though -- it's produced and mixed by legendary avant-dub wizard Adrian Sherwood, recorded at his famed On-U studio and featuring accompaniment from his stalwart sessioneers (Wimbish, Skip "Little Axe" McDonald, Denise Sherwood). Just as he did with the sounds of Creation Rebel and African Head Charge in the '80s, Sherwood mixes King's straightforward folk style with a heady stew of dub, funk, reggae, ambient, and world music, achieving a new stylistic paradigm in the process. Though King penned a couple of the tracks here himself ("Evil Eye" and "By George"), the bulk of Panic Grass & Fever Few is occupied by songs taken straight from the British folk tradition, like "Adieu to Old England" and "Ah Robin, Gentle Robin." For his part, King delivers the songs in a strong, clear tone, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin, while Sherwood and his cohorts open up the window on the rest of the universe and let subtle funk inflections, low-key dub effects, Middle Eastern rhythm patterns, and the like fill the singer's sonic sails. The end result is a sound that's quite unlike anything ever heard before either in the folk world or in Sherwood's realm.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
Label:
Fledg'ling Uk
UPC:
5020393308229
catalogNumber:
3082

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ian King   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin
Doug Wimbish   Bass
Peter Lockett   Percussion
Chris Petter   Trombone
Valerie Skeete   Background Vocals
Ghetto Priest   Background Vocals
Richard Doswell   Flute,Saxophone
Dave Fullwood   Trumpet
Denise Sherwood   Vocals
Skip "Little Axe" McDonald   Bass,Guitar
Filip Tavares   Violin
Madelaine Edghill   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

William Cornysh   Composer
Adrian Sherwood   Producer,Sound Crew
Little Axe   Sound Crew
Robert Johnson   Composer
John Wilson   Composer
Richard Leveridge   Composer
Ian King   Composer,Adaptation
Denise Sherwood   Duet
Brendon "Octave" Harding   Engineer
Skip "Little Axe" McDonald   Producer
John Gay   Composer,Lyricist

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