Last month we announced the release of Stick in the Wheel‘s collaborative album, ‘From Here: English Folk Field Recordings’ which will be released on 17 March 2017, with a launch at London’s Café Oto (18/19 March 2017). The album features: Jon Boden, John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Fay Hield, Sam Lee, Fran Foote (SITW), Nicola Kearey (SITW), Jack Sharp (Wolf People), Men Diamler, Bella Hardy, Stew Simpson, Peta Webb & Ken Hall, Lisa Knapp, Spiro, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron.
The first single to be released on 3rd February, which can be heard above, is the traditional Child ballad Georgie. If I didn’t know any better I’d swear it was an original field recording. Even unaccompanied Stick in the Wheel’s Nicola Kearey brings a unique quality to the well-known ballad, one you can’t help but be moved by. She shared the following:
“I learned it from a performance by Martin Carthy on the Folk Britannia programme, it took Ian and I a while to be able to play together ok, because the guitar and vocals interlocked so tightly and I needed the guitar as a scaffold, in a way. But now when we do it live, he just does some chords mainly to punctuate the beginning of a verse, but here I sing it unaccompanied and I’m comfortable with doing that now. It was one of the first traditional songs we found. It’s basically a song about a woman who’s bawling out the coppers because they’ve got her man for a paltry crime of stealing from a rich man.”
Stick in the Wheel have also put together a great playlist of Contemporary & Traditional Folk. It features the new single as well as music of past and present including Peter Bellamy, Richard Dawson, Anna & Elizabeth, The Furrow Collective and lots more. Enjoy it here:
From Here: English Folk Field Recordings is due for release on 17th March 2017 via From Here Records.
Pre-Order now via Bandcamp: stickinthewheel.bandcamp.com
From Here Records Weekend: 18-19 March 2017 at Cafe Oto: Ticket Link