Echo of Hooves

Echo of Hooves

by June TaborJune Tabor

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Overview

Listening to this, it's easy to believe that June Tabor was made to sing these old border ballads, tales of the uneasy coexistence of families in the marches between England and Scotland. Her dark voice is well-suited to the texts, which are often bloody and vengeful, and quite certainly epic -- in some respects, the very essence of British balladry, whether it's "The Battle of Otterburn," with its gloriously textured Kathryn Tickell arrangement, or the demanding "The Duke of Athole's Nurse," where Martin Simpson is reunited with Tabor, his guitar offering shining counterpoint to her voice. The songs, tried and tested over the centuries, are wonderful in themselves, but Tabor's presentation of them brings them fully to life, like "The Cruel Mother." Harrowing at the best of times, it becomes pure torment in her hands. And her "Sir Patrick Spens" makes the old Fairport Convention version sound like a playground romp. Intensity has always been one of Tabor's fortes, and here she takes full advantage of the opportunity to indulge it. While she's very good with other material, Tabor never sounds more at home than with traditional music, and on these ballads, in particular, she seems as if she's come home. A stunning jewel in a remarkable career, and one of the best things Tabor's ever released.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Imports
UPC: 0714822054324
catalogNumber: 2054324

Tracks

  1. Bonnie James Campbell
  2. The Duke of Athole's Nurse
  3. The Battle of Otterburn
  4. Lord Maxwell's Last Goodnight
  5. Hughie Graeme
  6. The Border Widow's Lament
  7. Fair Margaret and Sweet William
  8. Rare Willie
  9. Young Johnstone
  10. The Cruel Mother
  11. Sir Patrick Spens

Album Credits

Performance Credits

June Tabor   Primary Artist,Voices
Kathryn Tickell   Northumbrian Smallpipes
Martin Simpson   Guitar
Mark Emerson   Piano,Violin,Viola
Tim Harries   Double Bass
Huw Warren   Piano,Cello,Piano-Accordion

Technical Credits

Kathryn Tickell   Arranger
June Tabor   Arranger,Composer,Author
Roy Palmer   Composer
Martin Simpson   Arranger,Composer
Robert Burns   Contribution
Mark Emerson   Arranger,Composer
Tim Harries   Arranger
Huw Warren   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Charlie Beresford   Engineer

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