The Full English – Man within the Moon [audio]


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Winner of BEST ALBUM and BEST GROUP on the BBC Radio 2 Folks Awards 2014.

A veritable English folks supergroup – Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Fay Hield, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls carry out new music and preparations impressed by materials Fay Hield has discovered inside the newly-launched EFDSS Full English archive (the world’s largest digital archive of English conventional folks music and dance tunes).

English Folks Dance and Tune Society (EFDSS) just lately secured a grant of £585,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to archive, preserve and digitise supplies from six archives containing among the nation’s most essential folks music collections and permit free public entry to 58,400 digitised assortment gadgets by a brand new website online alongside this they’ve organised studying occasions and a brand new album and UK tour by among the finest English folks artists.

“Exploring the archives to this point has led to some superb discoveries and there’s a wealth of fabric that, from 20 June, might be out there to anybody who’s . I’m delighted that so many gifted and skilled musicians might be a part of The Full English Tour, enabling us to share our discoveries.”

There is no such thing as a mildew-y whiff of historical archives about The Full English. The singers and musicians shake out the songs into recent new life with thrilling instrumental textures and irresistible singalong choruses. The fabric ranges extensively by comedian songs, broadsides, tragic ballads and dance tunes—some new takes on the well-known, others newly unearthed—with the manuscripts themselves and portraits of each the collectors and their informants displayed on display screen because the efficiency unfolds. The entire course of from transcription to interpretation to efficiency is laid plain earlier than your eyes and ears.