Various Artists: Fair Flowers Among Them All [The ‘Mad Martins’ Instrumentals] (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland

This is actually a companion album to ‘Mad Martins’, in that it is a collection of all the instrumental backing tracks to the spoken word pieces that appear on that release, as well as the orchestral backing track to the song “In My Hands”. 20 instrumentals, with a total running time of a little over 31 minutes, this is a wonderful relaxing folk release with an emphasis on dulcimer and mandolin, with Northumbrian pipes and accordion. This has actually been made available through Bandcamp as well as CD, and is a great way of understanding the style of music being used by Gary and others. For any lovers of traditional folk music, fans of The Whisky Priests, then is simply essential. Why not give it a listen and see what I am making such a fuss about?

Rating: 10/10

Track list:
Bonnie At Morn // Felton Lonnen // The Fair Flower Of Northumberland // Sir John Fenwick’s Flower Among Them All // Dusty Miller // Buy Broom Besoms // Merrily Danced The Quaker’s Wife // The Keel Row // Come To The Kye // Bobby Shaftoe // A. U. Hinny Bird // The Waters Of Tyne // How Canst Thou Gang Away And Leave Me? // Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be? // Love Is The Cause Of My Mourning // La Melodie Sans Nom // Tweedside // Derwentwater’s Farewell // Soul Cake // In God’s Hands


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