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Ashley Hutchings: Street Cries

Ashley Hutchings et al: Street Cries (Topic TSCD535)

Street Cries
A Collection of Dark Traditional Songs Re-set in the Present Day
by Ashley Hutchings
sung by Coope Boyes & Simpson, Steve Knightley, Cara Dillon, Dick Gaughan, Helen Watson, Vin Garbutt, Judy Dunlop, Dave Burland, Kathryn Roberts with Equation, John Tams, June Tabor, Pete Morton, Nasreen Shah

Topic Records TSCD535 (CD, UK, October 2001)
Talking Elephant TECD349 (CD, UK, 31 March 2017)

Ashley Hutchings et al: Street Cries (Talking Elephant TECD349)

Recorded at Foundry Recording Sutdios, Chesterfield, Derbyshire February to May 2001;
Engineer: Paul Hopkinson, assisted by Mick Twelves;
Track 3 & 8 recorded at The Firs, Devon;
Track 8 produced by Equation;
Track 11 recorded by Tom Colvin, Landscape Recording Association;
Sleeve design, concept & art direction by John Haxby;
Original photographs by Paul Thorburn and John Haxby.

An outstanding new album conceived and produced by one of the most significant creators in the folk music field. Traditional music has always changed and adapted to fit and respond to the society that it reflects. Ashley Hutchings has re-written a dozen traditional songs and set them in the present day—don’t be alarmed, the experiment has worked beautifully and the results may well pass into tradition themselves.

Each song is based on a traditional work and has retained the original tune—only the words have been changed. A cast of major contemporary interpreters of traditional song was chosen, song by song, and each has contributed mightily—producing a programme of outstanding performance. In addition to that, the sensitive arrangements and backings have enhanced the whole project still further—producing an album that is both adventurous and highly enjoyable.

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  1. Doing Time to Fit Your Crime (Gaol Song (Roud 1077)) (4.05)
    John Tams, Coope Boyes & Simpson, vocals
  2. Damn the Day (Adieu, Adieu (Roud 30101)) (3.21)
    Pete Morton, vocal & guitar; Joe Broughton, fiddle
  3. He’s Young But He’s Growing (My Bonny Boy (Roud 31; Laws O35; G/D 6:1222)) (4.56)
    Cara Dillon, vocal & whistle; Seth Lakeman, violin & guitar; Sam Lakeman, harmonium, keyboards & programming
  4. Young Henry Martin (Henry Martin (Roud 104; Child 250)) (4.16)
    Dick Gaughan, vocal & guitar
  5. Salford Girls (Come All You Virginia Girls) (4.18)
    Helen Watson, vocal & harmonica; Ken Nicol, guitars; Pete Zorno, baritone sax; Ashley Hutchings, acoustic bass; Neil Marshall, drums
  6. He Ran Out of Road (Salisbury Plain (Roud 1487)) (4.16)
    Judy Dunlop & John Tams, vocals; Phil Beer, acoustic guitar; Ken Nicol, electric guitar; Barry Coope; keyboard
  7. Endless Pages (Bold Poachers (Roud 1686)) (3.01)
    Steve Knightley, vocal & mandocello; Pete Zorn, alto sax
  8. A Drummer Won My Love (The Blacksmith (Roud 816)) (2.41)
    Kathryn Roberts with Equation: Kathryn Roberts, vocal, piano & clarinet; Sean Lakeman, acoustic, electric & bass guitars; Iain Goodhall, drums
  9. Three Jolly Burglars (Three Jolly Sneaksmen (Roud 1652)) (4.24)
    Vin Garbutt, vocal & whistle; Joe Broughton, fiddle; Ken Nicol, guitar
  10. The Shape of a Girl (The Foggy Dew (Roud 558; Laws O3; G/D 7:1496)) (4.54)
    Dave Burland, vocal; Joe Broughton, violins; Joe Giddey, cello; String arrangement by Joe Broughton
  11. These Cold Lips (All Things Are Quite Silent (Roud 2532)) (3.24)
    June Tabor, vocal; Mark Emerson, piano
  12. I’m a Poor Dress-Maker (Four-Loom Weaver (Roud 937)) (4.15)
    Nasreen Shah, vocal; Ken Nicol, guitars; Pete Zorn, sopranino & alto saxes; Ashley Hutchings, electric bass guitar; John Ball, tablas; Neil Marshall, drums

All songs written by Ashley Hutchings (from traditional sources) except
Track 6 Ashley Hutchings & Ken Nicol
Track 11 Ashley Hutchings, Minna Harris, Rose Tolhurst