Instant Replay – New Triple Vinyl Folk Artsit Compilation

Instant Replay
Stealing Sheep – One of the artists on Instant Replay

ECC Records unveil ‘Instant Replay’, a stunning vinyl-only triple album featuring 32 brand new versions of songs originally recorded between 1971 and 1981. It follows on from 2017’s highly acclaimed compilation album Self Preservation Society that featured reworkings of songs from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Like its predecessor, it has been personally curated by Mark Constantine, founder of Lush and passionate music fan, this time bringing together some of the finest funk, folk, pop and ballads of the time.

Compositions by artists as diverse as Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Sparks, The Clash, Vangelis, Mott the Hoople and Stevie Wonder, have been reinterpreted by a galaxy of established and rising stars including Teddy Thompson, Stealing Sheep, Eliza Carthy, Jackie Oates, Marry Waterson, Bash & Pop and Honeyfeet. The result is yet another, magnificently diverse, six-sided jewel of a record.

Mark Constantine says: “There’s a trend to use the phrase ‘curated by’, but in this case it’s never been more appropriate. For me, selecting outstanding tracks from that decade to be covered by such magnificent performers has been the ultimate luxury. Some selections are obscure and overlooked greats; others are some of the most popular of the era. As you’ll see, once we started we couldn’t stop – and the digital album has even more tracks! I hope you love it as much as I do.”

Once again, this triple vinyl presents a collection of songs which may sound unlikely on paper but in reality are truly stunning in their diversity and creativity. Side A opens with Honeyfeet’s cover of the 1971 Jethro Tull song Locomotive Breath featuring a magnificent, bluesy vocal from singer Rioghnach Connolly, also heard on the uplifting hands-in-the-air cover of Vangelis’s State of Independence from Afro Celt Sound System. Stealing Sheep tackle Peter Gabriel’s Excuse Me and rework Heart’s Barracuda into an artful slice of synthpop, while Marry Waterson provides a radical reimagining of the Cure’s 10:15 Saturday Night alongside Robert Palmer’s Johnny and Mary with cello accompaniment. Elsewhere we hear a beautiful reinterpretation of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On by Teddy Thompson who goes it alone with just vocal and ukulele on Stevie Wonder’s If It’s Magic, both juxtaposed by The Kenneth’s proggy version of Werewolves of London. With 37 tracks on this delectable collection, there is a new discovery on each listen.

ECC Records was founded by Mark Constantine, founder of Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. Simon Emmerson – record producer, guitarist, founder of Afro Celt Sound System and core founder of The Imagined Village (a collaborative work of many roots artists that includes Eliza Carthy) is its Musical Director. Read more at https://www.eccrecords.co.uk/about/

‘Instant Replay’ is released on 7 June 2019 as a triple-vinyl available from all Lush stores, selected vinyl outlets and from eccrecords.co.uk plus all the usual digital retailers (Cat # ECC100-014).

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INSTANT REPLAY – Full Track Listing

Side A

  1. Locomotive Breath – Honeyfeet

– originally appeared on Jethro Tull’s 1971 album Aqualung
showcases Ríoghnach Connolly’s brilliant bluesy vocal and virtuoso flute playing

  1. Tusk – The Kenneths

– title track of Fleetwood Mac’s 1979 album

  1. The Hansbach – Gamesteacher

– taken from from Rick Wakeman’s 1974 prog rock epic, Journey to the Centre of the Earth

  1. Barracuda – Stealing Sheep

– a complete reworking of Heart’s soft-metal track into artful synthpop

  1. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us – Dream Themes featuring Piney Gir

– originally a number 1 hit for Sparks in 1974

– recorded by TV theme tribute band Dream Themes, formerly the backing group for Mancunian showbiz legend Frank Sidebottom

  1. Down And Out – Eliza Carthy

– a version of a song from Paul Williams’ Oscar-winning 1976 soundtrack to the film Bugsy Malone

– performed by the multi-award winning Eliza Carthy MBE

Side B

  1. All The Way From Memphis – Max Poscente

– originally a hit for Mott The Hoople in 1973

– blistering sax solo comes courtesy of PJ Harvey and Tindersticks collaborator Terry Edwards

  1. What’s Going On – Teddy Thompson

– a beautiful reinterpretation of the Marvin Gaye protest song

– Teddy’s work, both solo and with his talented family (including Richard & Linda) is widely acclaimed

  1. Lost In The Supermarket – Sheema Mukherjee

– first appeared on The Clash’s 1979 album, London Calling

– features Sheema Mukherjee’s sitar and distinctive vocal

  1. Who By Fire – One eskimO

– classic Leonard Cohen track with a melody based on a Hebrew prayer

– a brand new recording by Kristian Leontiou’s One eskimO project

  1. Tubular Bells (excerpt) – Rhodri Marsden

– an excerpt from Mike Oldfield’s magnum opus

– narration comes courtesy of Simon Heyworth, co-producer of the original album

  1. The Belfast Hornpipe – Na Cliaraí

– tune originally popularised by The Dubliners

– a collaborative effort between Honeyfeet’s Connolly and producer Richard Evans

NOTHING IN THE WORLD LIKE…

Side C

  1. State Of Independence – Afro Celt Sound System

– Written and recorded by Yes frontman Jon Anderson and Greek synth wizard Vangelis in 1981

– Subsequently and memorably covered by Donna Summer

– A huge number of musicians involved in this epic reworking by the Afro Celts

  1. Nothing In The World Like Love – The Free French

– the opening track from Labi Siffre’s 1971 album The Singer And The Song

  1. Tangled Man – Green Gartside

– A rare recording by Scritti Politti frontman Green Gartside
– taken from Anne Briggs’ 1971 album The Time Has Come

  1. Liza Radley – Jackie Oates & Barney Morse Brown

– b-side to The Jam’s 1981 hit “Start!”

– reinterpreted with cello and violin courtesy of Oates and Morse Brown

  1. Brass In Pocket – Honeyfeet

– the first number one single of the 1980s, originally recorded by The Pretenders

Side D

  1. Overture~Cotton Avenue – Working Week with Julie Tippetts

– First appeared on Joni Mitchell’s 1977 album Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter

The first collaboration between Working Week and Julie Tippetts since 1989

  1. Amsterdam – Ben Murray

– A cover of Al Stewart’s homage to the Dutch city from his 1972 album Orange

  1. Dead Ringer – Si Nicholls

– a song from The Stranglers’ 1977 album No More Heroes

– performed by Lush’s very own father & daughter combo Simon and Libbi Nicholls

  1. 10:15 Saturday Night – Marry Waterson

– A radical reimagining of the original recording, which appeared on The Cure’s debut album, Three Imaginary Boys

produced and arranged by solo artist Adem Ilhan, formerly of Fridge, now with Domino Records

  1. The Kiss – Rosie Doonan

– a track from Judee Sill’s beautiful 1973 album, Heart Food

– features one of the UK’s leading harpists, Ruth Wall

EMOTIONAL RESCUE

Side E

  1. Grace Darling – Atlas and The Pleiades

– features four vocalists: Rosie Doonan, Mira Manga, Jackie Oates and Angie Pollock

– the closing track of Strawbs’ 1975 album Ghosts

  1. Still… You Turn Me On – Ben Murray

– a track from Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s fourth album, Brain Salad Surgery

– performed by actor, folk musician and singer Ben Murray

  1. Emotional Rescue – Honeyfeet

– a version of The Rolling Stones’ falsetto single from 1979

  1. If It’s Magic – Teddy Thompson

– Teddy goes completely solo, with just vocal and ukulele

– a song from Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life album (1976)

  1. Johnny And Mary – Marry Waterson

– Robert Palmer’s 1980 song about the shallowness of male politicians and the boredom of their wives

– accompanied by Barney Morse Brown on cello

Side F

  1. Werewolves Of London – The Kenneths

– the original is best known for its appearance in the Tom Cruise film The Color Of Money
– recorded by Warren Zevon in 1977 with Fleetwood Mac’s rhythm section

  1. Pulstar – Gamesteacher

– The 1976 synthesiser masterpiece by Vangelis reworked with a full band

– The current drummer of prog legends Gong provides the rhythm track for this version

  1. Mandolin Wind – Bash & Pop

– featuring Tommy Stinson, former bassist with The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses

– original track released by Rod Stewart in 1971

  1. You’ve Got A Friend – Martha Tilston

– One of Carole King’s best known songs, appears on her Tapestry album

– performed by singer and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee Martha Tilston

  1. Instant Replay – Wattle & Daub

– Dan Hartman’s disco classic reworked by multi-instrumentalist Rob Smoughton (Hot Chip, Scritti Politti, Black Peaches) and his bandmate Rhodri Marsden

USB

  1. Excuse Me – Stealing Sheep

– A track from Peter Gabriel’s 1977 debut album

  1. Water Bearer – Beagle & Amalthea

– The title track from the 1978 album by Sally Oldfield, sister of Mike Oldfield

  1. Grease – Nuala Davies

– The title track of one of the highest-grossing musical films of all time

– solo violin courtesy of Jennymay Logan of The Elysian Quartet

  1. Back To Nature – Palm Skin Productions featuring Kate Berney

– the original, an early electronica classic by Fad Gadget, was the second ever release on Mute Records

  1. You’re So Vain – Beagle & Amalthea

– a Ronettes-style reworking of Carly Simon’s biggest hit

 

The 2019 Folking Awards

Welcome to the 2019 Folking Awards and thank you again to everyone who participated this year. The nominations, were in eight categories, and came from our ever-expanding team of writers and were collated into shape by the Folkmeister and the Editor over a pint or two, which also involved, a few arm-wrestles and a spot of beer-mat aerobics, in a convenient local watering hole.

There were five nominees in each category, all of whom have impressed our writers during 2018.

As we said last year, all are winners in our eyes, as are quite a few who didn’t make the short list. However, it’s not just about what we think, so once more, it was down to you, our ever-growing readership, to make the final call.

We will now compile the results and announce the winners of each category at some point next week.

*The Public Vote for each category closed at 9.00pm on Sunday 31st March (GMT+1).


Soloist Of The Year

Keith James
Reg Meuross
Rachel Newton
John Smith
Andy White


Best Duo

Gilmore & Roberts
Daria Kulesh and Jonny Dyer
Ninebarrow
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar
Winter Wilson


Best Band

The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Merry Hell
Skipinnish
Trials Of Cato
The Young’Uns


Best Live Act

The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Grace Petrie
The Salts
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
Andy White


Best Album

A Problem Of Our Kind – Gilmore & Roberts
The Well Worn Path – Seth Lakeman
The Joy Of Living – Jackie Oates
Queer As Folk – Grace Petrie
Hide And Hair – Trials Of Cato


Best Musician

Martin Harley
Aidan O’Rourke
Marina Osman
John Smith
Richard Thompson


Rising Star

Burning Salt
Robert Lane
Kitty MacFarlane
Smith & Brewer
Vision Thing


Best International Artist(s)

3hattrio
Tyler Childers
Mary Gauthier
Kíla
Larkin Poe


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JACKIE OATES – The Joy Of Living (ECC Records ECC018)

The Joy Of LivingJackie Oates’ new album, her seventh, is an intensely personal one with songs spanning four generations of her family from her grandfather to her daughter Rosie. The latter can be heard on several tracks notably her “theme tune”, ‘Rosy Apple’. The Joy Of Living reflects on new life and death – Jackie’s father died unexpectedly five days after Rosie was born, and I really can’t imagine the tumult of emotions she must have felt.

So a makeshift studio was set up in her kitchen and producer Simon Richmond would travel to hers and they would get as much work done as possible in the time available – hence young Rosie’s contributions to some of the tracks. The album opens with Hamish Henderson’s ‘Freedom Come-All-Ye’. Jackie’s father fought in the 51st Highland Division, Henderson’s regiment, and she sings the beautiful tune sensitively but without excessive emotion. From there we turn to the new life with ‘Spring Is Coming Soon’, a song that Jackie made up when Rosie was very small and it paves the way for several other children’s songs scattered through the album.

John Lennon’s painful ‘Mother’ comes as something as a shock and I’m still not sure how to interpret it. Is Jackie lifting the lid on something better left concealed? If so she quickly slams it shut again with a reprise of ‘Spring Is Coming Soon’ with its repeated “we’ll be happy very soon”. It’s certainly a stunning performance and one that Jackie is not afraid to tackle on stage. The traditional ‘Virginny’ is a song that Jackie learned from her father and is faithful to his version and now we have encompassed all four generations.

‘The Joy Of Living’ had quite an impact on the young listeners at the launch event but, being an old codger, I can’t help but contrast it with ‘The Manchester Rambler’, written when MacColl was a young man. The love of the mountains is present in two songs written roughly fifty years apart in very different contexts. But I digress. ‘Unicorns’ is another song that Jackie grew up with and I suppose that ‘Catch Me If You Can’, ‘The Bird’ and ‘Sweet Farewell’ fall into that category. The last two songs return to Jackie’s father. ‘The Last Trip Home’ was one of his favourites and ‘Rolling Home’ is actually a fragment of a recording of him in a session – Jackie picks up the song as the clip fades out.

Musically, there is great variety but nothing is overbearing – how many musicians can you actually record in a kitchen at one time? The piano was already there but John Parker had to bring his double bass, Barney Morse Brown his cello and Matt Allwright his pedal steel. Jack Rutter is Jackie’s regular sidesman now, John Spiers dropped in and Megan Henwood was around a lot to provide the backing vocals. The Joy Of Living was recorded over a long period and not necessarily under ideal circumstances but it comes over as fresh and spontaneous and, indeed, a joy to listen to.

Dai Jeffries

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‘Nay Ivy Nay’ – live:

JACKIE OATES – Lush Studio Soho

Jackie Oates
Photograph by Dai Jeffries

I have reported on CD launch events from a number of venues; the BBC Club, The Convent, even Wigan but none as lush as …well, Lush. On the hottest day of the year in London the air-conditioned Lush Studio Soho was an oasis. It’s a rabbit warren of a building and definitely bigger on the inside than the outside. I don’t know what part of the firm’s business is conducted there but the place was full of shiny happy people who obviously love their jobs. Jackie Oates has a commercial connection with Lush so where better to stage this event.

The performance space is called The Nest and was decorated with roses and flooded with red light. This was after terribly sticky cupcakes featuring roses and apple and hand made cocktails featuring the same ingredients – although a bigger shot of gin wouldn’t have gone amiss – and the roses and apple scent of one of their fragrances.

The album being previewed is called The Joy Of Living. Its title track is the Ewan MacColl song and the number that Jackie closed with. The younger and less embittered members of the audience admitted to tearing up a little at the end. It’s an appropriate title for an album that spans four generations from Jackie’s grandfather who fought with the 51st Highland Division to her daughter, Rosie and her sibling on the way, and encompasses life and death.

Jackie opted to open with ‘Caroline And Her Young Sailor Bold’ which isn’t on the album but its theme of love conquering all is totally relevant. ‘The Last Trip Home’, which came next, was one of Jackie’s father’s favourites and is redolent of the sadness surrounding his death. Then Jackie looked forward with three children’s songs: ‘My Shoes Are Made Of Spanish’, ‘Spring Is Coming Soon’ and ‘Rosy Apple’ – hence the decorative theme. Before we got too misty-eyed she switched to John Lennon’s extraordinary ‘Mother’, perhaps making the point that parenthood isn’t always a bed of roses. Hamish Henderson’s ‘Freedom Come-All-Ye’ for Jackie’s grandfather and ‘Virginny’ learned from her father brought us almost home before ‘The Joy Of Living’.

Jackie stuck to her five-string viola and was accompanied by Jack Rutter on guitar, Indian harmonium (great for drones) and a remarkable looking but wonderful sounding fan fret cittern – hand built, of course. It was a delightful evening which promised a lovely album to come.

Dai Jeffries

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‘The Joy Of Living’ – live at Cecil Sharp House:

Jackie Oates: new album

Jackie Oates
Photograph courtesy of The Oxford Times

We are proud to announce the release of the seventh studio album, The Joy Of Living, by Jackie Oates. It’s a record that covers an intensely personal period of her life, in which she celebrated the birth of her daughter Rosie and bid an emotional and loving farewell to her beloved father.

The Joy Of Living features songs made famous by folk greats including Ewan McColl, Lal Waterson and Davey Steele, as well as carefully picked songs from contemporary artists such as John Lennon and Darwin Deez – all interpreted in Jackie’s inimitable style.

Recorded at home in Jackie’s kitchen (with baby Rosie in attendance) she collaborated with fellow Imagined Village alumni and producer Simon Richmond to create this intimate, touching and uplifting collection. The album also features performances by friends from the world of folk including Mike Cosgrave, Barney Morse Brown, John Parker and Jack Rutter.

Born and raised on folk music, Jackie Oates started her career as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in 2003. Since then she has been nominated for twelve BBC Folk awards; at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards she scooped Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track on the same night.

Jackie will be performing at festivals throughout the summer and is on tour in November 2018 and February 2019.

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‘The Joy Of Living’ – live:

Wanton Seed Singing Weekend

Wanton SeedFind harmony in Sheffield this summer

Do you want to sing your heart out in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside? Do you yearn to delve into some classic folk repertoire? Do you want to hone (or even find!) your vocal skills with the likes of Jackie Oates, Paul Sartin and the Askew Sisters?

Soundpost’s Wanton Seed Singing Weekend, which takes place in the Sheffield village of Dungworth (8-10 June 2018) is aimed at anyone from complete beginners to experienced singers. Says director (and singer/fiddle player) Bryony Griffith, “If you’ve never sung out before, it’s the perfect place to come and do it in a safe environment. If you’ve sung a lot, it’s a great way to learn new arrangements or new ways of singing or accompanying yourself. Our tutors all have a slightly different skill set and we have a good mixture of academic and performance skills, as well as different instruments.” There are even bursaries available if you’re between 18 and 30.

The weekend, which celebrates the songs brought together by the reissue of the classic folk song books Marrowbones and The Wanton Seed and the brand new omnibus edition, Southern Harvest, is a mix of workshops, talks and performances as well as one-to-ones with the artists and the workshops have enticing titles such as “The wanton women –exploring songs of women who did”, “Recycling song” and “weird and wonderful harmonies”.

In fact, says Griffith, “You could even come and not sing a note but still enjoy learning about the repertoire. We aim to make it really inclusive and everyone who comes to these weekends goes home having made friends – some have even formed singing groups.”

Event website: http://soundpost.org.uk/events/wanton-seed-weekend