Till April Is Dead (RSD18)
EAR TO THE GROUND
Limited edition 180 gram white vinyl with exclusive prints especially for Record Store Day - “An album overflowing with warmth, light and waywardness.
” The Guardian. This sparklingly fresh album features twelve startlingly original versions of traditional songs. With a radiant interpretation of traditional folk, Lisa merges fiddle, hammer dulcimer and strings, with birdsong and sonic delights from the technological age. ‘May Garland’, which Lisa found at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, reminds us – ‘a man a man, his lifes’ a span, he flourishes like a flower, he’s here today and gone tomorrow, he’s gone all in an hour’ - that in the midst of celebration, there are limits on our time. Lisa is joined by another groundbreaking folk singer, Mary Hampton on ‘Bedfordshire May Carol’. Lisa’s version of the title track, ‘Til April is Dead/Hal-An-Tow’ was inspired by the Mystery Play in Helston, Cornwall. Originally printed as ‘The Maypole Song’ in 1656, ‘Staines Morris’ has a melody with a courtly, theatrical sound and this version features the lively and mischievous vocals of David Tibet. In ‘Searching for Lambs’ - a song Lisa first heard sung by Shirley Collins - she is joined by Graham Coxon. Both Lisa and Graham have performed with Shirley and here he lends his vocals and guitar to this English folksong gem. Tracks: The Night Before May Day / Till April Is Dead / Searching For Lambs (feat. Graham Coxon) / Staines Morris (feat. David Tibet) / May Garland / Lily White Hand / Lark In The Morning / Bedfordshire May Day Carol (feat. Mary Hampton) / Where’s Troy / Don’t You Go A Rushing / Pleasant Month Of May / Padstow May Song