Earlier this year we shared with you the news of a fascinating new project titled Songs of Separation. It features ten of England and Scotland’s most celebrated female contemporary folk artists: Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart, Rowan Rheingans, Mary Macmaster, Hannah Read, Kate Young, Jenn Butterworth, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Jenny Hill (who conceived the project). The fruits of that project can be heard by all on 29th January 2016 when the album is released on Navigator Records.
Ahead of the album release and tour, Navigator Records are pleased to announce the release (on 20th Nov 2015) of a double A-side single release from which we have taken our Song of the Day below with Echo Mocks the Corncrake, feat. Karine Polwart. Also on the single is A’ For Our Rightfu’ King, feat. Hannah Read.
Echo Mocks The Corncrake is also known as Amang The Whinny Knowes and has been covered by the likes of Sheila Stewart, Ossian, Archie Fisher and Dick Gaughan.
The songs on the album were recorded in the fairy-tale setting of the Isle of Eigg (in the Scottish Inner Hebrides) and set in the context of a post-referendum world, ‘Songs of Separation’ is not simply a beautiful collection of traditional and self-penned songs, but also aims to prompt new thinking about the issue of separation as it occurs in all our lives. The process of developing the music was documented and shared with audiences each day, through a range of videos.
Songs of Separation Live:
21st January: The Convent, Stroud (as part of the ‘Beyond Borders’ tour)
22nd January: Cornerstone, Didcot
23rd January: Bury Met
24th January: Celtic Connections
We’ll be bringing you more on the project soon.
Read more here: www.songsofseparation.co.uk