Old Adam (w/Ltd Edition Signed Illustrated Songsheet)

Fay Hield

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Genre
Folk, English
Label
Soundpost Records
Released
February 12, 2016

Format: Compact Disc

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Store Exclusive version includes a Ltd Edition Signed Illustrated Songsheet. Last few copies!

Following the considerable success of The Full English album and touring band, which she assembled, singer Fay Hield is due to release her 3rd solo album, 'Old Adam' on Soundpost Records in February 2016.

'Old Adam' is a fresh and original exploration of how we use stories and music to understand what it means to be human and combines not only Fay's gift for unearthing striking material but also her distinctive and naturalistic delivery of it. These qualities have won her critical acclaim for her previous solo albums (Looking Glass / 2010 and Orfeo / 2012, both Topic Records) including several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and a nomination for Folk Singer of the Year.

'Old Adam' contains 14 tracks, ranging from the The Hag in the Beck from the 1600s to The Briar and the Rose, a version of a Tom Waits song. The title track explores the oldest story in the book: 'the fantasy of a purity of life, before corruption and sin ? perhaps it was a result of the developing sins that we have these songs to help us make sense of it all' says Fay. 'Willow Glen' is taken from the Lucy Broadwood collection, while 'Green Gravel' (from Alice Gomme's 'Traditional Games of England, Scotland and Ireland') is an interpretation of a playground song. 'Raggle Taggle Gypsy' moves into the realms of fantasy, with an enticing glimpse of a world we could inhabit, if only we would follow our hearts. Themes of justice (and injustice) are explored in Queen Eleanor's Confession (from a version by Tim Hart and Maddy Prior) and The Hornet and the Beetle (from the collection of Ralph Vaughan Wiliams). Many of the lyrics are adapted and several tunes written by Fay and a couple by her partner, Jon Boden. The arrangements on the album are all by Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party.

Fay is accompanied by her stellar band, The Hurricane Party, which consists of some of the finest folk musicians working today; Rob Harbron (English Concertina, fiddle, vocals), Sam Sweeney (fiddle, viola, cello, nyckelharpa, vocals), Roger Wilson (fiddle, guitar, mandolin and vocals), expanded to include Ben Nicholls (Bass) and Toby Kearney (Percussion) and including special guests Jon Boden and guitar maestro, Martin Simpson.

As well as enjoying a blossoming recording and performing career, Yorkshire born and bred Fay is also an academic, lecturing in Music at the University of Sheffield where she specializes in the role folk music plays in the construction of communities. With her unique combination of performance and academic talents, it was perhaps inevitable that she would be invited by the English Folk Dance & Song Society to head their ground-breaking Full English project. For the first time many of the finest early 20th century folksong collections can be found in the most comprehensive searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world. Fay assembled The Full English Band, pulling together half a dozen of the top talents on the English folk music circuit, including Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and double bassist Ben Nicholls. This 'super group' toured for two years and released a self-titled album, again on Topic Records, winning Best Group and Best Album at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Fay Hield continues in her passionate and engaging exploration of the repertoire of the English tradition. At times sparse and contemplative, at others, fired-up with a spirit lifting rhythm and plenty of rousing choruses, the music on Old Adam is both captivating and thought-provoking.

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Key Value
Catalogue number SOPO5003
Barcode 0797776084043
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 62g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 5mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-01 Green Gravel 02:38
2. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-02 Raggle Taggle Gypsy 03:18
3. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-03 Katie Catch 03:13
4. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-04 Old Adam 04:38
5. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-05 The Hag In The Beck 03:07
6. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-06 Willow Glen 03:30
7. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-07 Queen Eleanor's Confession 04:36
8. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-08 The Hornet And The Beetle 02:19
9. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-09 Jack Orion 04:46
10. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-10 Long Time Ago 03:44
11. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-11 Go From My Window 04:20
12. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-12 Anchor Song 02:21
13. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-13 The Briar And The Rose 03:59
14. http://www.images.properonline.co.uk/Samples/0/07/079/0797776084043/0797776084043-01-14 Old Adam (Reprise) 02:20