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Thankful Villages Volume 2



Released: 26th May 2017


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Released: 26th May 2017


lilting synths establish a nostalgic bed to the incredible stories that unfold across 18 of the uk’s thankful villages.

the former Hefner frontman continues his journey around the uk’s 54 Thankful Villages. A Thankful Village is a village where every soldier returned alive from World War One. An ongoing and hugely ambitious folk project, it is only partially concerned with the war itself, moreover it is a celebration of British rural life. Darren pulls together first person interviews, folk tales and songs to create a vast patchwork depicting community, history and legend. Themes of “the river” and “death” weave their way through these 18 villages. Judy Dyble, the original singer of folk legends Fairport Convention, joins Darren in the village of “Upper Slaughter” and sings a lyric about the generations flowing like water through the village. 

Thankful Villages Volume 2


  1. Cundall (Yorkshire)
  2. Norton Le Clay (Yorkshire)
  3. Flixborough (Lincolnshire)
  4. Chantry (Somerset)
  5. Tellisford (Somerset)
  6. Woolley (Somerset)
  7. Shapwick (Somerset)
  8. Cromwell (Nottinghamshire)
  9. Wigsley (Nottinghamshire)
  10. East Norton (Leicestershire)
  11. Maplebeck (Nottinghamshire)
  12. Stretton En Le Field (Leicestershire)
  13. Nether Kellet (Lancashire)
  14. Arkholme (Lancashire)
  15. Colwinston (Glamorgan)
  16. Upper Slaughter (Gloucestershire)
  17. Woodend (Northamptonshire)
  18. Coln Rogers (Gloucestershire)