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Two Year Winter
     

Two Year Winter

by Bill Jones
 
Bill Jones has quickly come to occupy a place in British folk music similar to Kate Rusby. She's very much at home with traditional songs (and music, since she's a very capable multi-instrumentalist), giving them an intimate, contemporary feel without ever losing their history, and she's also an excellent songwriter whose pieces fit in perfectly well with the

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Bill Jones has quickly come to occupy a place in British folk music similar to Kate Rusby. She's very much at home with traditional songs (and music, since she's a very capable multi-instrumentalist), giving them an intimate, contemporary feel without ever losing their history, and she's also an excellent songwriter whose pieces fit in perfectly well with the continuum of folk. Two Year Winter (which comes with the four-track Bits and Pieces EP as a second lovely disc) shows how she's continuing her rapid growth. She's also learned to pick work from other writers, like "From My Window," which opens the record, or Pete Morton's wonderful "The Two Brothers," letting them sit very comfortably next to ballads like "The Holland Mistress," whose jaunty tune belies its dark subject matter. Slightly more problematic are her two collaborations with Annie Hills, whose lyrics run to the ostentatiously poetic at time, coming across as forced in comparison to the easiness and flow of the other material. However, that aside, Jones doesn't put a foot wrong. "Hey Away" is a wonderful and truthful piece from Geordieland, "The Lover's Ghost" comes from the eerie tradition of night-visiting songs, and "Bide," a variant on "The Two Magicians," is gloriously understated. The instrumental sets glisten, especially "Diddling Set," where she assays some mouth music, acquitting herself very well. Artists like Jones and Rusby are inclusive rather than exclusive, drawing people gently into folk music. They're to be applauded for it. With this, Jones does a superb job. The only question now: How much better can she become?

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397436623
catalogNumber:
974366
Rank:
160355

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Belinda Jones   Primary Artist,Piano,Accordion,Vocals
Kathryn Tickell   Fiddle,Viola
Sarah Wright   Flute
Keith Angel   Percussion
Miranda Sykes   Background Vocals,Double Bass,Vocal Harmony
Stewart Hardy   Violin
David Wood   Guitar
Shanti Paul Jayasinha   Cello,Flugelhorn
David Wood   Guitar

Technical Credits

Anne Hills   Composer
Pete Morton   Composer
Robertt Nunn   Composer
Karen Tweed   Producer
Brian Bedford   Composer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Sarah Wright   Arranger
Brian Ledgard   Artwork
Eamon Friel   Composer
Belinda Jones   Composer,Audio Production,Whistle
Keith Angel   Arranger
Miranda Sykes   Arranger
David Wood   Arranger

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