The Soup & The Shilling
by The Magickal Folk Of The Faraway Tree
Deserted Village/Deadslackstring : DV38 : 2010
Double CD + Download
Disc one is comprised of the long out of print "Mildew Leaf" and "Cat's Melodeon" cdrs and disc two is all new material.
There’s always seemed to me a curious but passionate love affair between avant-garde experimentation and austere traditional folksong. Thus it comes as little surprise that United Bible Studies – the Irish free-folk collective whom I constantly bang on about as redefining brilliant - have a deeply trad arm called THE MAGICKAL FOLK OF THE FARAWAY TREE. Their name may sound like a parody but the double CD, The Soup And The Shilling (Deserted Village / deadslackstring) is anything but. The first disc is a re-release of their long-gone CD-rs from the mid 2000s while the second is all new material. It is phenomenal stuff. Just to pick a few of the many highlights: ‘Trelawny’, which moves seamlessly from a plaintive beginning to a screaming end; ‘Here’s A Health To All True Lovers’, with biting sadness in every regretful word; and ‘Blackbirds And Thrushes’, just simply beautiful rustic folk music, sung flawlessly by the incredible Dave Colohan. I’m seriously breathless with how radiant thisCompact Discis.
- Jeannette Leech, Shindig