Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan Maccoll

Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan Maccoll


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Celebrating the centenary of his birth, Compass Records has compiled this glowing two-disc tribute to British folk icon Ewan MacColl. MacColl's influence on the British folk revival of the '50s and '60s is immeasurable and the range of artists who lined up to pay homage includes both newcomers and folk legends in their own right. Members of the Waterson and Carthy clans are well-represented here and are predictably well-suited to the material. Martin Carthy's sprightly rendition of "I'm Champion at Keeping 'Em Rolling" gets to the meat of MacColl's bold charm while daughter Eliza Carthy delivers one of the collection's standouts in the rousing "Thirty-Foot Trailer." Likewise, Norma Waterson (mother of Eliza Carthy) and niece Marry Waterson each offer a cut of their own to great success. Folk luminaries like Scotland's Dick Gaughan and former Planxty members Christy Moore and Paul Brady appear alongside MacColl's many rock admirers like Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), David Gray, Paul Buchanan (the Blue Nile), and Bombay Bicycle Club. Other highlights include Karine Polwart's chilling take on the powerful "The Terror Time," Kathryn Williams' gentle reading of "Alone," and Chaim Tannenbaum's poignant rendering of "My Old Man." But these are just the brighter spots in an already bright field of songs that have been treated with the utmost care and concern, which is a testament to both MacColl's great body of work and the musicians who were affected by it.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2015
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397465722
catalogNumber: 4657
Rank: 72252

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Carthy   Guitar,Vocals
Dick Gaughan   Vocals
Christy Moore   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Brady   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Bragg   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Earle   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Martin Simpson   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Buchanan   Vocals
Jarvis Cocker   Vocals
David Gray   Piano,Harmonium,Vocals
Kelly Looney   Bass
Calum MacColl   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Kalimba
Neill MacColl   Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,6-string bass
Will Rigby   Drums
Declan Sinnott   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kate St. John   Piano,Accordion,Cor anglais
Chaim Tannenbaum   Guitar,Vocals
Eliza Carthy   Vocals,Octave Violin
Martha Wainwright   Vocals
Rufus Wainwright   Vocals
Norma Waterson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Thomas Bartlett   Piano
Karine Polwart   Vocals,Background Vocals,Indian Harmonium
Kathryn Williams   Vocals
Seth Lakeman   Viola,Vocals
Jimmy Higgins   Percussion,Background Vocals
Chris Masterson   Guitar (Baritone)
Lily Lanken   Vocals
Èamonn de Barra   Keyboards
Eleanor Whitmore   Fiddle
Damien Dempsey   Guitar,Vocals
Rachel Unthank   Vocals,Background Vocals
Becky Unthank   Vocals,Background Vocals
Donald Hay   Drums
Jack Steadman   Vocals
John Reynolds   Drums
Ben Nicholls   Double Bass
John Sheahan   Violin
Jamie Maccoll   Vocals
Adrian McNally   Piano
Lucy Wainwright Roche   Vocals
Harry Mead   Drums
Marry Waterson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vickie Keating   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Composer,Photo Booklet
Peggy Seeger   Composer,Photo Booklet,Back Cover Photo
R.S. Field   Producer
Calum MacColl   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Photo Booklet
Neill MacColl   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Photo Booklet
Kate St. John   Producer
Kitty MacColl   Liner Notes,Sleeve Design
Karine Polwart   Producer
Èamonn de Barra   Whistle
Mattie Foulds   Engineer
Jack Steadman   Producer
Alejandro Venguer   Engineer
John Reynolds   Producer,Engineer
Ray Kennedy   Engineer
Cameron Malcolm   Engineer
Dikon Whitehead   Engineer
Andy Bell   Producer,Engineer
Alex Bailey   Engineer

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