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Songs of Misfortune

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Love Hall Tryst, the side project from John Wesley Harding, finds the elegant and razor-tongued troubadour rubbing shoulders with British folk giants like the Watersons, the Copper Family, and A.L. Lloyd. A companion piece to his 2005 historical novel Misfortune, these Songs of Misfortune are sung mostly a cappella by Harding, singer/songwriters Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor, and Edinburgh-based comic/actor/baritone Brian Lohmann. The four voices blend remarkably well, utilizing the natural reverb of their abandoned Troy, NY, Savings Bank recording location like a cavernous tunnel beneath the Thames. This is classic English folk music with a twist. It's ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Love Hall Tryst, the side project from John Wesley Harding, finds the elegant and razor-tongued troubadour rubbing shoulders with British folk giants like the Watersons, the Copper Family, and A.L. Lloyd. A companion piece to his 2005 historical novel Misfortune, these Songs of Misfortune are sung mostly a cappella by Harding, singer/songwriters Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor, and Edinburgh-based comic/actor/baritone Brian Lohmann. The four voices blend remarkably well, utilizing the natural reverb of their abandoned Troy, NY, Savings Bank recording location like a cavernous tunnel beneath the Thames. This is classic English folk music with a twist. It's nearly impossible to pick out Harding's contributions amidst the arsenal of traditional ballads and folk songs, as his vernacular rivals that of Charles Dickens himself -- his highly Victorian novel revolves around a cross-dressing heir/heiress -- and while the instrumentation is sparse there is the occasional hurdy-gurdy and two of the songs receive the full-on rock treatment at the record's end and the themes dark with murder, treachery, and lust, there is a bawdy joy that radiates throughout. It's as if Harding and his co-conspirators were actually conspiring against something rather than painting in the audio portion of a grand fairytale, and it's a testament to their infective mischievousness that the listener so effortlessly gets swept right up along with them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Appleseed Records
  • UPC: 611587108920
  • Catalog Number: 1089
  • Sales rank: 327,519

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Love Hall Tryst Primary Artist
John Wesley Harding Guitar, Vocals, Hurdy-Gurdy
Kurt Bloch Electric Guitar
Jed Critter Mandolin, Accordion
Mike Musburger Drums
Jim Sangster Bass
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
John Wesley Harding Composer
Kurt Bloch Engineer
David Seitz Engineer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Traditional Composer
Wesley Stace Producer, Audio Production
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