Street Cries

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Ashley Hutchings had an intriguing idea: Why not take traditional folk songs and write new, updated lyrics to them? Even better, why not invite a bunch of great artists like Dick Gaughan and Helen Watson to record the pieces? And this is exactly what Street Cries does. Interestingly, when Hutchings transforms "The Blacksmith" into "A Drummer Won My Love," he doesn't change the subject matter, but modernizes the words. Beautifully sung by Kathryn Roberts, the piano and clarinet add other contemporary touches. Two high school girls helped Hutchings convert the press gang of "All Things Are Quite Silent" to the drunken gang, fresh from the pub, of "These Cold Lips." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Ashley Hutchings had an intriguing idea: Why not take traditional folk songs and write new, updated lyrics to them? Even better, why not invite a bunch of great artists like Dick Gaughan and Helen Watson to record the pieces? And this is exactly what Street Cries does. Interestingly, when Hutchings transforms "The Blacksmith" into "A Drummer Won My Love," he doesn't change the subject matter, but modernizes the words. Beautifully sung by Kathryn Roberts, the piano and clarinet add other contemporary touches. Two high school girls helped Hutchings convert the press gang of "All Things Are Quite Silent" to the drunken gang, fresh from the pub, of "These Cold Lips." Accompanied by a piano, June Tabor provides an austere reading of this dark tune. Pete Morton's rousing take on "Damn the Day" (originally "Adieu, Adieu") confirms that a fresh version has the power to revive and make relevant a tired, old folk song. It should also be noted that Hutchings, whether he intended to or not, does a good job of balancing male and female vocalists. Of course traditionalists will cry foul, as they always have when revivals and revivalists decide to put a new spin on a worn-out classic. Hutchings convincingly suggests, however, that singers have always updated folk songs to fit their time and circumstance. Street Cries is a lovingly made, vibrant album that will give a number of folk songs a new life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Topic Records
  • UPC: 714822053525
  • Catalog Number: 535

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ashley Hutchings Primary Artist, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Dick Gaughan Guitar, Vocals
June Tabor Vocals
Pete Morton Guitar, Vocals
Vin Garbutt Vocals, Human Whistle
Phil Beer Acoustic Guitar
Jim Boyes Vocals
Dave Burland Vocals
Mark Emerson Piano
Ken Nicol Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Tams Vocals
Helen Watson Harmonium, Vocals
Pete Zorn Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Kathryn Roberts Clarinet, Piano, Vocals
Barry Coope Keyboards, Vocals
Neil Marshall Drums
John Ball Tabla
Judy Dunlop Vocals
Joe Broughton Fiddle, Violin
Seth Lakeman Guitar, Violin
Sean Lakeman Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Keyboards
Cara Dillon Vocals, Human Whistle
Lester Simpson Vocals
Steve Knightley Mandocello
Nesreen Shah Vocals
Technical Credits
John Haxby Art Direction, Concept, Sleeve Design
Paul Hopkinson Engineer
Sean Lakeman Programming
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