Taken from her forthcoming album, Old Adam (out 12th Feb 2016), traditional singer and folklorist Fay Hield has selected the many versions of Green Gravel recorded by Alice Bertha Gomme in The Traditional Games of England Scotland and Ireland and woven them together in a moving, atmospheric and affecting way. The song has links to burial ceremonies, with green gravel representing the newly turned grave, although 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.
Hield's 3rd solo album contains 14 tracks and is a fresh and original exploration of how we use stories and music to understand what it means to be human. Her distinctive and naturalistic singing style has won critical acclaim with previous solo albums Looking Glass and Orfeo (both Topic Records) featuring several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and a nomination for Folk Singer of the Year.
Fay is accompanied by her stellar band, The Hurricane Party expanded to include Ben Nicholls (Bass) and Toby Kearney (Percussion) and special guests Jon Boden (Fays partner) and guitar maestro, Martin Simpson. Fay Hield will tour with The Hurricane Party in February and March 2016.