DCD34108-CD

Revenge of the Folksingers

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Another hallmark collaboration from Concerto Caledonia and guests, this time created during a week’s residency in the Suffolk countryside. The traditional and original songs speak with a heart-rending clarity, and are interspersed with infectious tunes from old and new Scotland, all informed by the group’s magpie diversity and by Benjamin Britten’s folksong arrangements, which they found in the library in Aldeburgh. The resulting alchemy of nu-folk with an early music sensibility defies categorisation.

"This CD is the result of an unusual collaboration and residency...The material ranges from traditional to newly written, with some less than reverential nods to Britten. The harp-heavy arrangements sometimes veer close to all-purpose Celtic doodling; elsewhere there is a real sense of different traditions finding common ground"

"It’s an album that certainly marks the blossoming of the classically trained Chaney, who’s fully embraced folk music to emerge not only as an outstanding singer but an exceptional songwriter...Oddness abounds, but the revenge is very sweet."

BBC MUSIC

Producer: David McGuinness
Release Date: 25 July 2011
Catalogue No: DCD34108
Total playing time: 1:12:59

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