Water Is Wide: American and British Ballads and Folksongs

Water Is Wide: American and British Ballads and Folksongs

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by John Langstaff
     
 

This collection of British and American folk songs was originally released on LP in 1959 by the fledgling Tradition label. Accompanied on the piano by his wife, Nancy Woodbridge, the young John Langstaff brings his rich and powerful voice to bear on a set of mostly rather familiar material, including the gorgeous title song (which sounds here as if it had been written… See more details below

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This collection of British and American folk songs was originally released on LP in 1959 by the fledgling Tradition label. Accompanied on the piano by his wife, Nancy Woodbridge, the young John Langstaff brings his rich and powerful voice to bear on a set of mostly rather familiar material, including the gorgeous title song (which sounds here as if it had been written for Langstaff's beautifully modulated baritone voice), the equally lovely (if more morbid) "Carrion Crow" and "John Barleycorn." As he did on all the other recordings of this vintage, Langstaff found a perfect middle ground between decorous classicism and rustic authenticity in his delivery, never condescending to the songs but never pretending to be less of a singer than he is. Woodbridge is a skillful and sensitive accompanist, but some of the album's most affecting moments come when Langstaff is singing a cappella, as he does breathtakingly on "All 'Round My Hat I Will Wear a Green Willow." Very highly recommended, along with the other Revels reissues of these classic recordings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
Label:
Revels Records
UPC:
0738871220226
catalogNumber:
2202

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Tracks

  1. O Waly, Waly, folk song
  2. The Carrion Crow, folk song
  3. All 'Round My Hat I Will Wear a Green Willow, folk song
  4. The Cruel Mother, folk song for voice & piano (Folksongs from Newfoundland,
  5. The Farmer's Curst Wife, folk song
  6. I will give my love an apple, folk song for unison chorus & piano (Folk
  7. Lord Rendall, folk song
  8. Billy Boy, song (Thaunton, Massachusetts)
  9. The Croodin' Doo, folk song
  10. John Barleycorn, folk song
  11. The Lovers' Tasks (The Elfin Knight), traditional song
  12. The Green Wedding (English), folk song
  13. She's Like the Swallow
  14. John Riley, folksong

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