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Upcoming: Fay Hield - Old Adam

Fay HieldFollowing the considerable success of The Full English album and touring band, which she assembled, singer Fay Hield is due to release her 3rd solo album, Old Adam on Soundpost Records on 12th February 2016.

Old Adam contains 14 tracks, ranging from the The Hag in the Beck from the 1600s to The Briar and the Rose, a version of a Tom Waits song. The title track explores the oldest story in the book: ‘the fantasy of a purity of life, before corruption and sin – perhaps it was a result of the developing sins that we have these songs to help us make sense of it all’ says Fay.

Willow Glen is taken from the Lucy Broadwood collection, while Green Gravel (from Alice Gomme’s ‘Traditional Games of England, Scotland and Ireland’) is an interpretation of a playground song. Raggle Taggle Gypsy moves into the realms of fantasy, with an enticing glimpse of a world we could inhabit, if only we would follow our hearts.

Themes of justice (and injustice) are explored in Queen Eleanor’s Confession (from a version by Tim Hart and Maddy Prior) and The Hornet and the Beetle (from the collection of Ralph Vaughan Wiliams). Many of the lyrics are adapted by Fay and she has written several tunes as has her partner, Jon Boden.  The arrangements on the album are all by Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party.

Fay Hield continues in her passionate and engaging exploration of the repertoire of the English tradition. At times sparse and contemplative, at others, fired-up with a spirit lifting rhythm and plenty of rousing choruses, the music on Old Adam is both captivating and thought-provoking.

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