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Shirley Collins: Heart's Ease

Shirley Collins: Heart's Ease (Domino WIGLP454)

Heart's Ease
Shirley Collins

Domino Recording WIGLP454/WIGCD454 (LP/CD, UK, 24 July 2020)

The LP contains a bonus single
Sweet Greens & Blues
Shirley Collins & Davy Graham

Domino Recording WIGLP454XM-7 (one-sided 7" single, UK, 24 July 2020)

Shirley Collins & Davy Graham: Sweet Greens & Blues (Domino WIGLP454XM-7)

Produced by Ian Kearey;
Recorded at Metway Studios, Brighton;
Mixed by Al Scott;
Mastered by Kevin Metcalfe at Soundmasters;
Bonus single: home recording by Austin John Marshall at The Keep, Blackheath, London, 1964;
Paintings by Alex Merry;
Photo of The Lodestar Band by Tobay Amies;
Design by Matthew Cooper

Folk Radio UK review by Thomas Blake

Musicians

Shirley Collins, vocals
Davy Graham, guitar [bonus single]

The Lodestar Band:
Ian Kearey, The Instrument [2, 4, 6], 12-string guitar [1, 3, 8], angel guitars [1, 7], electric guitar [4], bottleneck guitar [5], 12-string dobro [6], lap slide guitar [8, 11], guitar [9], low guitar [10], soprano ukulele [1], mandolin [4-5, 9], bass [4, 6, 10], percussion [4];
Pete Cooper, fiddle [2, 8, 10-11];
Dave Arthur, banjo [2], harmonica [10], melodeon [11], spoons [2];
Ossian Brown, hurdy-gurdy [6, 12];
Pip Barnes, guitar [7, 10-11];
John Watcham, concertina [11];
Glen Redman, dance [11]

with special guests
Nathan Salsburg, guitar [8];
Matthew Shaw, harmonium, electric piano, Mood Prodigy, and field recordings of waves and sea birds [12]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Merry Golden Tree (Roud 122; Child 286; G/D 1:37) (4.09)
  2. Rolling in the Dew (Roud 298; G/D 4:812) (3.53)
  3. Christmas Song (Roud 1170) (2.00)
  4. Locked in Ice (4.48)
  5. Wondrous Love (Roud 5089) (2.21)
  6. Barbara Allen (Roud 54; Child 84; G/D 6:1193; Henry H236) (4.14)
  1. Canadee-I-O (Roud 309; Henry H162) (4.13)
  2. Sweet Greens and Blues (5.28)
  3. Tell Me True (Roud 273; Laws K12; G/D 6:1245) (2.57)
  4. Whitsun Dance (3.08)
  5. Orange in Bloom (1.37)
  6. Crowlink (4.30)

Tracks 1-2, 5-6, 9 trad. arr. Shirley Collins, Ian Kearey;
Track 3 trad. arr. Bob Copper;
Track 4 Buz Collins;
Track 7 trad. arr. Shirley Collins, Pip Barnes;
Track 8 words Austin John Marshall, tune trad. arr. Shirley Collins, Ian Kearey;
Track 10 words Austin John Marshall, tune A Week Before Easter, trad. arr. Bob Copper;
Track 11 trad. arr. Ian Kearey;
Track 12 Ossian Brown, Matthew Shaw

Bonus single: words Austin John Marshall, tune trad. arr. Shirley Collins

Video

Shirley Collins sings Wondrous Love: