We recently premiered Green Gravel, the new lead single from Fay Hield’s forthcoming album, Old Adam (out 12th Feb 2016). We now have the pleasure of sharing with you for the first time, the video which brings back to life the strange game the song is known for.
The folk song is known not just in Britain (Fay takes her version from that recorded by Alice Bertha Gomme in ‘The Traditional Games of England Scotland and Ireland’) but in Canada and the US. The song has links to burial ceremonies, with green gravel representing the newly turned grave, though there is no suggestion this rhyme was performed at burials, more that children took the ideas of life, love and death into their own sphere.
Fay is accompanied by her stellar band, The Hurricane Party; Rob Harbron (English Concertina, fiddle, vocals), Sam Sweeney (fiddle, viola, cello, nyckelharpa, vocals), Roger Wilson (fiddle, guitar, mandolin and vocals), expanded to include Ben Nicholls (Bass) and Toby Kearney (Percussion) and special guests (Fay’s partner) Jon Boden and guitar maestro, Martin Simpson.