Clay Pipe Music
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12" LP, 500 numbered copies, reverse board mat cover
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Sharron Kraus makes her debut on Clay Pipe Music with a collection of songs inspired by the Welsh folk tales of The Mabinogi. The idea for the album was first realized while she was living in rural Mid Wales.
"I started off writing the songs as a way of getting to grips with what was happening in the stories" She says, "Trying to understand things that at first seemed confusing to me, and quickly got sucked in to a strange and wonderful world. I fell in love with these stories whilst being mystified by them and the process of wrestling them into song form has been one of the most challenging and rewarding of my song writing projects to date."
The stories collected in "The Four Branches of The Mabinogi" were written in the 11th Century but contain themes that remain relevant today: love and hatred; battles for power; loss, displacement and migration of peoples; magic and wonder.
The album is full of beautiful crystal clear melodies that enhance the intrigue of the tales Sharron is telling. Using harp, recorders and bowed dulcimer, as well as guitar and piano the songs manage to capture the atmosphere of the time and take the listener back to the magical places mentioned in the stories.
Kraus is a U.K.-based singer, musician and songwriter whose music though informed by the folk traditions of England and Appalachia has its own distinctive voice. Heralded as one of the strongest voices in English contemporary folk. She has recorded a collection of traditional folk songs, Leaves From Off the Tree, with Meg Baird and Helena Espvall of Philadelphia psych folk band Espers, but the majority of her work is self-authored.
|1. My Friend’s Enemy|
|2. The Hunter|
|4. A Hero’s Death|
|5. The Birds Of Rhiannon|
|6. A Quiet Place|
|9. Stranger In Your Land|