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The Albion Band: Stella Maris

The Albion Band: Stella Maris (Making Waves SPINCD 130)

Stella Maris
The Albion Band

Making Waves SPIN 130 (LP, UK, August 1987)
Making Waves SPINCD 130 (CD, UK, 1997)
Talking Elephant TECD262 (CD, UK, 17 November 2014)

The Albion Band: Stella Maris (Talking Elephant TECD262)

Recorded at Magritte Studios, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, in June and July 1986;
Engineered and produced by Eric Hine;
The Rose and the Rock backing track recorded at Millstream Studio, Cheltenham, in March 1984


Cathy Lesurf: vocals;
Phil Beer: guitars, mandolin, oud [2], vocals;
Martin Bell: synthesisers, fiddle, lead vocal [5];
Trevor Foster: drums, percussion;
Ashley Hutchings: bass guitar, vocals;
Dave Burland: vocals [7];
Paul Downes: vocals [8d, 8h];
Philip Pickett: recorder [2], shawms [3b], recorders, curtals and synthesiser [8g];
Eric Hine: synthesiser [8f]


Side 1

  1. Broomfield Hill (Roud 34; Child 43; G/D 2:322; Henry H135) (3.52)
  2. Such a Paradise (4.53)
  3. a. Vive L’Amour
    b. Masters of This Hall
    c. Dirty Harry’s Jig (4.23)
  4. Orion’s Belt (3.19)
  5. The Ship (4.08)

Side 2

  1. The Rose and the Rock (3.28)
  2. Till the Time We Meet Again (3.29)
  3. The Task (12.28)
    a. Sunday in the Rain
    b. Lace Tell
    c. Lacemaker’s Song
    d. The Call of the Corncrake
    e. The Busy Gardener
    f. Lady of the Manor’s Song
    g. Bacchus’ March
    h. From the Alcove
    i. All Those Lies

Track 1 trad. arr. The Albion Band;
Tracks 2, 4, 8e Cathy Lesurf;
Tracks 3a,b trad. arr. Phil Beer;
Track 3c Phil Beer;
Track 5 Martin Bell;
Tracks 6, 8a,c,d,h,i Ashley Hutchings, Dave Whetstone;
Track 7 Ashley Hutchings;
Track 8b trad. arr. Cathy Lesurf;
Track 8f Ashley Hutchings, Dave Whetstone, Cathy Lesurf;
Track 8g J.P. Rameau, from Act Two of Le Temple de la Gloire, arr. Philip Pickett

Sleeve Notes

Till the Time We Meet Again was written for the 1985 Leicester Haymarket Theatre production of Lark Rise, using the tune of Michael Turner’s Waltz.

The Task takes its title from the poem by eighteenth century English poet William Cowper. Cowper lived for much of his life in the small Buckinghamshire town of Olney, which was an important centre for the cottage industry of lacemaking. Part of Cowper’s Vanity of the World is quoted in The Alcove. Lace “Tells” were work songs, sung or chanted while working at the pillow.

Thanks to Johnny Coppin for drawing our attention to Vive L’Amour and Masters of This Hall.