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Folk, English Folk
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September 14, 2018

Format: Compact Disc



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Narthen are Barry Coope and Lester Simpson (Coope Boyes and Simpson), Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Moirai) and Fi Fraser (PolkaWorks, The Old Fashioned). The album reflects the eclectic and varied nature of Narthen's live performances, where pathos and heartbreak are juxtaposed with uplifting humour to produce something rather memorable and moving.

All four members of Narthen are seasoned and gifted instrumentalists and vocalists, as displayed on this album. Peter Bond's song "It Haunts Me Still" features Country-influenced a cappella four-part harmony singing, while tracks like "Morning Come, Maria Gone" and the heart-breaking rendition of "Heart Like A Wheel" combine vocals with sympathetic instrumental accompaniment. Dotted amongst these songs are purely instrumental tracks, like "Galician Tunes", which is a glorious, sun-filled romp through some great Spanish melodies.

The album combines the best of timeless, traditional tracks, such as "Acre Of Land", with songs penned by band members (Lester's "The VADs" and Jo's "Devil's Porridge"), alongside songs written by the cream of contemporary songwriters - for example, here we have Ray Hearne's "Pudding Burner", a celebration of female crane drivers working in an overwhelmingly male environment, being given a calypso feel.

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Key Value
Catalogue number NMCD52
Barcode 5020393905220
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Original release date 2018-09-14
Weight 64g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 6mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Henry My Son 03:35:00
2. The Rifles 04:00:00
3. Galician Tunes 05:16:00
4. It Haunts Me Still 02:45:00
5. Morning Come, Maria Gone 04:21:00
6. The VADs 03:31:00
7. Pudding Burner 03:23:00
8. Once In A While 04:24:00
9. Gungar - Norsk Schottis 04:40:00
10. Heart Like A Wheel 04:50:00
11. Devil's Porridge 03:12:00
12. Acre Of Land 02:37:00
13. Next Person Through My Door 03:53:00
14. Cold Blow These Winter Winds 05:01:00