The Imagined Village

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The Imagined Village is being hyped as "the most ambitious re-invention of the English folk tradition since Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief." Those are bold words indeed, and it would take a lot to live up to them, especially since Fairport didn't deliberately set out to re-invent the tradition -- they simply adapted folk songs to their style. This album draws on a number of talents -- Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Paul Weller, Afro Celt Sound System leader Simon Emmerson and Sheila Chandra, and a number of others. But the point about traditions is that they evolve. Sometimes there are sudden leaps, but you can't sit down and say "I'm going to reinvent this type of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The Imagined Village is being hyped as "the most ambitious re-invention of the English folk tradition since Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief." Those are bold words indeed, and it would take a lot to live up to them, especially since Fairport didn't deliberately set out to re-invent the tradition -- they simply adapted folk songs to their style. This album draws on a number of talents -- Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Paul Weller, Afro Celt Sound System leader Simon Emmerson and Sheila Chandra, and a number of others. But the point about traditions is that they evolve. Sometimes there are sudden leaps, but you can't sit down and say "I'm going to reinvent this type of music." It's all well and good to try and define the new, multicultural England, but adding sitars and dhol drums to "Cold Hailey Rainy Night" isn't the way to do it, nor beats to "John Barleycorn" and having Weller perform a verse isn't radical -- after all, Traffic did a sublime version in 1970. "Tam Lyn" retold as dub poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah might sound interesting, but it's really not a reinvention -- the bridge between worlds so important in the original has no magic here. The closest it comes to success are with the ceilidh tracks at the end, Billy Bragg's modernization of "Hard Times of Old England," and the duet between Sheila Chandra and Chris Wood on "Welcome Sailor," which is effective because of its simplicity. And that's' the key -- throwing in beats isn't really necessary. Often a less is more approach would be more effective certainly on "Cold Hailey Rainy Night" where the voice alone carry ample power with any instruments and programming. Perhaps the tradition doesn't need to be remodeled into a one size fits all shape, and that being English can be celebrated by diversity, rather than trying to cram a multinational kitchen sink into an old English song. It's ambitious, but sadly, a bit of a failure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: Real World
  • UPC: 884108014226
  • Catalog Number: 147
  • Sales rank: 151,491

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 John Barleycorn - Eliza Carthy (5:43)
  2. 2 Tam Lyn Retold - Transglobal Underground (9:22)
  3. 3 Death and the Maiden Retold (3:48)
  4. 4 Cold Haily Rainy Night - Young Coppers (6:10)
  5. 5 The Welcome Sailor - Chris Wood (5:44)
  6. 6 Acres of Ground - Eliza Carthy (4:47)
  7. 7 Pilsdon Pen - Village Band (5:17)
  8. 8 Hard Times of Old England Retold/Worms Meet Moths [English Ceilidh Melo - Billy Bragg and the Young Coppers (5:38)
  9. 9 Kit Whites, Pts. 1 & 2 - Glowworm (4:44)
  10. 10 Sloe on the Uptake (3:32)
  11. 11 'Ouses, 'Ouses, 'Ouses - John Copper (6:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Imagined Village Primary Artist
Martin Carthy Guitar, Vocals
Sheila Chandra Vocals
Ian Anderson Slide Guitar
Richard Evans Bass
Benjamin Zephaniah Vocals
Rod Stradling Melodeon
Phil Beer Violin
Jim Chase Drums
Nigel Eaton Hurdy-Gurdy
Ben Mandelson Guitar
Paul Weller Electric Guitar
Martin Russell Strings, Keyboards, Nyckelharpa, Drones
Chris Turner Harmonica, Jaw Harp
Chris Wood Fiddle, Viola, Vocals
Simon Emmerson Bouzouki, Guitar, Spoons, Cittern
Jim Barr Double Bass
Ali Friend Double Bass
Eliza Carthy Fiddle, Vocals
Ben Ivitsky Acoustic Guitar, Viola
Johnny Kalsi Tabla, Shaker, Dhol
Timothy Whelan Organ, Sintir
Carole Robb Northumbrian Smallpipes
Kate Garrett Harmonium, Vocals
Sheema Mukherjee Sitar
John Copper Vocals
Laurel Swift Fiddle
Jon Brenner Accordion
Billy Bragg and the Young Coppers Vocals
Barney M. Brown Cello
Colin Cotter Banjo, Stomp Box
Andy Poore Anglo Concertina
Mass Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Martin Carthy Arranger
Sheila Chandra Arranger, Composer
Ian Anderson Arranger
Billy Bragg Composer
Richard Evans Engineer, Bass Engineer
Benjamin Zephaniah Composer
Rod Stradling Arranger
Phil Beer Engineer
Steve Coe Composer
David Kenny Engineer
Ben Mandelson Arranger, Producer
Martin Russell Programming, Engineer, Percussion Engineer
Chris Wood Arranger
Simon Emmerson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Jim Barr Engineer
Ian Cooper Mastering
Eliza Carthy Arranger, Composer
Transglobal Underground Composer
Jon Moore Producer
Ben Ivitsky Engineer, Executive Producer
Hamid Mantu Programming
Timothy Whelan Programming
Allyn Lee Engineer
Traditional Composer
Mike Lindsay Composer, Producer
John Copper Composer
Sam Genders Composer, Producer
The Gloworms Arranger
Mass Arranger, Programming, Engineer, String Arrangements, drum programming, Percussion Programming
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