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Songs of Love and Parting
     

Songs of Love and Parting

by Robin Williamson
 
Robin Williamson first came to prominence as a member of the Incredible String Band, continuing on his merry way with two more groups, before finally turning solo in the late '70s. One wonders what took him so long to do so, seeped as he was in the great bardic tradition, an occupation of one, not many. But perhaps like the

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Robin Williamson first came to prominence as a member of the Incredible String Band, continuing on his merry way with two more groups, before finally turning solo in the late '70s. One wonders what took him so long to do so, seeped as he was in the great bardic tradition, an occupation of one, not many. But perhaps like the journeyman of old, these bands served as the apprenticeship necessary before Williamson could embark on his own. In any event, Williamson exquisitely resurrected this ancient art first on-stage and then on record. Songs of Love & Parting dates from these early days and was originally released in 1981, a 13-track acoustic set of songs and poems subtly set to music. Now album is lovingly reissued on CD, accompanied by a lavish booklet that annotates each of the tracks, reproduces the lyrics, and includes atmospheric photographs that capture the setting and feel of a number of songs. And atmosphere is all important to this album, the evocative music capturing and enhancing the mood of the songs. Williamson supplies most of the instrumentation -- harp, bagpipe, guitar, whistles, and so on, with guests assisting with strings and horn as necessary. Dipping across Britain's rich folkloric tradition, feted native sons (both Keats and Dylan Thomas serve as inspiration), Irish poems, and Welsh legends, Williamson's songs peruse history, culture, and the rhythms of life and death, the ancient rubbing easily against Williamson's modern writings. The reissue adds five more numbers from the early '80s, all strong pieces, but most with a tougher sound and a rougher edge, which may explain why they didn't make the album cut. Regardless, they make an intriguing addition to a sublime set.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Gottdiscs
UPC:
0881881002228
catalogNumber:
22

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robin Williamson   Primary Artist,Bagpipes,Guitar,Percussion,Accordion,Harmonium,Harp,Vocals,Human Whistle,Cittern,Shawm,Glass
Mike Garson   Harpsichord,Keyboards
David Campbell   Viola
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
Judy Gameral   Dulcimer,Hammered Dulcimer
Bernie Kirsh   Natural Horn,Hunting Horn
Carol Shive   Violin
David Paul Campbell   Viola

Technical Credits

Robin Williamson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Sylvia Woods   Writer,String Score
Roy Ashby   Engineer
Bernie Kirsh   Engineer
Dai Shell   Engineer
Eric Westfall   Engineer
Randy Tobin   Engineer
John Haxby   Cover Design,Cover Painting
Traditional   Composer

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