Red Rice

Red Rice

by Eliza Carthy
     
 
Being the daughter of veteran British folkies Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson creates rather high expectations for Eliza Carthy, but on this ambitious double album she proves she can deliver. The conceit here is that each disc has its own jewelbox and its own style. Red is electric folk-fusion

Overview

Being the daughter of veteran British folkies Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson creates rather high expectations for Eliza Carthy, but on this ambitious double album she proves she can deliver. The conceit here is that each disc has its own jewelbox and its own style. Red is electric folk-fusion mixed with modern modes, while Rice uses more traditional means with subtler modernization. Each album has its charm. Red opens with an original called "Accordion Song (Accidental Saturday Night Kitchen Mix)," which combines a Cajun-sounding accordion with more typical but clever English folk music. One instrumental "Stingo/The Stacking Reel" combines Irish fiddling with the drum'n'bass style of Medeski, Martin & Wood. On Red Carthy succeeds where many who have attempted folk with a twist have failed -- she manages to impart new beats on old songs without making them sound merely ersatz. Rice starts off with the wonderful traditional "Blow the Winds" sung by Carthy accompanied by Ed Boyd on bouzouki, combined with a Carthy original reel, "The Game of Draughts." Many of the songs on Rice have the "square" rhythms of English folk music, and Carthy consistently brings a nice bounce to it, like a cheerful rendition of "Yankee Doodle Dandy." After a couple of energetic and engaging instrumentals made up of a jig, a hornpipe, and the like, Carthy accompanies herself on piano in a melancholy rendition of "Benjamin Bowmaneer," a traditional in the spirit of "John Barleycorn Must Die." While nothing on Red Rice may be revolutionary, it all speaks to the heart. Carthy has demonstrated that she can deliver in both the old way and the new.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/1998
Label:
Topic Records
UPC:
0714822200127
catalogNumber:
2001

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Accordian Song
  2. 10,000 Miles
  3. Billy Boy/The Widdow's Wedding
  4. Time in the Son
  5. Stumbling On
  6. Stingo/The Stacking Reel
  7. Greenwood Laddie/Mrs. Capron's Reel/Tune
  8. Walk Away
  9. Adieu Adieu
  10. Russia (Call Waiting)
  11. Red Rice

Disc 2

  1. Blow the Winds/The Game of Draughts
  2. The Snow It Melts the Soonest
  3. Picking up Sticks/The Old Mole/Felton Lonnin/Kingston Girls
  4. Miller and the Lass
  5. Herring Song
  6. Mons Meg
  7. Tuesday Morning
  8. Haddock and Chips
  9. The Americans Have Stolen My True Love Away
  10. Zycanthos Jig/Tommy's Foot/Quebecois
  11. The Sweetness of Mary/Holywell Hornpipe/Swedish
  12. Benjamin Bowmaneer
  13. Commodore Moore/The Black Dance/A Andy O

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eliza Carthy   Primary Artist,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Andy Thorburn   Keyboards
Rory McLeod   Harmonica
Barnaby Stradling   Multi Instruments
Saul Rose   Vocals,Multi Instruments
Oliver Knight   Electric Guitar
Lucy Adams   Background Vocals
Ed Boyd   Multi Instruments
Sam Thomas   Multi Instruments
Martin Green   Multi Instruments

Technical Credits

Shack   Arranger,Programming
Eliza Carthy   Arranger,Producer
John Haxby   Digital Graphics
Barnaby Stradling   Arranger
Saul Rose   Arranger
Oliver Knight   Arranger,Engineer
N. Macauley   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Ed Boyd   Arranger
Sam Thomas   Arranger
Martin Green   Arranger

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