Ayreheart - Barley Moon


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Total download size: 4.70GB Total play length: 1:00:02

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In the late '60s, many things were born. The British Folk Rock movement, as it was called, was one. Trying to decide "how it started" is actually a little silly; victory has a thousand fathers, after all. But there is no doubt that Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, the Incredible String Band, and their many fellows introduced generations to music of the tradition. And, they did it well. Not incidentally, they and their individual members often performed and recorded "early music" as well.

Ayreheart blends the "art" and "folk" traditions so organically, we are reminded how artificial such a separation actually is. "John Barleycorn," the witty view of brewing as an act of torture and abuse, is so perfect that Vaughan Williams himself wondered if it may have been created by "an antiquarian revivalist," who then saw it pass "into popular currency and become 'folklorised'." Many in the folk-rock movement recorded the song, most prominently the group Traffic in their album named for the song itself. Ronn McFarlane was true to his ancestry then, and has kept that flame alive in creative and newly-evolving ways with Ayreheart. Is it art music? Is it folk? Could it possibly matter less?

-Robert Aubry Davis

John Barleycorn [Roud 64, 16th Century]
In a garden so green [17th Century]
Mr. Dowland's Midnight, P. 99 (arr. R. Nurse and R. McFarlane)
Fortune my foe, P. 62 (arr. R. Nurse and R. McFarlane)
Lady Hunsdon's Puffe, P. 54 (arr. R. Nurse and R. McFarlane)
Book of Songs, Book 1: Come again, sweet love doth now invite (arr. B. Kay and R. McFarlane)
Henry Martin [17th Century]
Corpus Christi Carol [ca. 1504]
Solus cum sola, P. 10 (arr. R. Nurse and R. McFarlane)
Mr. George Whitehead his Almand, H. 21 (arr. R. Nurse and R. McFarlane)
Twa Corbies
The Woods so Wild (arr. R. McFarlane)
Ddoi Di Dai
Nottamun Town [Roud 1044]

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