#3577: Ballads From the UK - Female Voices

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Listen to beautiful and haunting English & Scottish ballads sung by women on this New Sounds program. Hear the Furrow Collective, which is the Emily Portman trio together with Alasdair Roberts, performing “Demon Lover” to the accompaniment of musical saw. Also, listen to the great English vocalist June Tabor featured on a record by Andrew Cronshaw from the early 1980’s.  Then, listen to the Philadelphia sextet Espers take on the traditional “Rosemary Lane,” along with music from Steeleye Span, the Unthanks, and Eliza Carthy. And more.

PROGRAM #3577 Ballads From the UK - Female Voices (First aired on 3/13/2014)  

ARTIST: The Furrow Collective (Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts)
WORK: Demon Lover [4:59]
RECORDING: At Our Next Meeting
SOURCE/INFO: thefurrowcollective.co.uk

ARTIST: Andrew Cronshaw (ft. June Tabor)  
WORK: The Ship in Distress [7:52]
RECORDING: The Great Dark Water
SOURCE:  LP, Waterfront WF 009 (1982), and on cassette Waterfront WF 009c (1991)
INFO: Re-released on CD in 2010 by Acrobat Music Ltd as Trapeze TRACD6502 discovery-records.com

ARTIST: The Unthanks 
WORK: Annachie Gordon [8:15]
RECORDING: Here's The Tender Coming
SOURCE: Rough Trade RTRADCD548 
INFO: roughtraderecords.com

ARTIST: Emily Portman
WORK: Tongue-Tied [4:22]
RECORDING: Rough Guide to English Folk
SOURCE: World Music Network  RGNET1261
INFO: worldmusic.net

ARTIST: Espers
WORK: Rosemary Lane [4:40]
RECORDING: The Weed Tree
INFO: Out of print.  Try auction or collector sites

ARTIST: Steeleye Span (Maddy Prior)
WORK: When I Was On Horseback [6:07]
RECORDING: Ten Man Mop or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again
SOURCE: Shanachie #79049
INFO: Available at Amazon.com  

ARTIST: Silly Sisters (Tabor + Prior)
WORK: the Old Miner [5:55]
RECORDING: No More To the Dance
SOURCE: Topic Records TSCD450
INFO: topicrecords.co.uk

ARTIST: Eliza Carthy
WORK: Acres of Ground [4:48]
RECORDING: Imagined Village
SOURCE: Real World Records 884108-0142
INFO: realworldrecords.com