Meg Baird, Helena Espvall & Sharron Kraus - Leaves From Off The Tree [2006]

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

1 Bruton Town (5:39)
2 Barbry Ellen (5:47)
3 Furtune My Foe (3:38)
4 Willie Of Winsbury (9:17)
5 The Nightingale (3:11)
6 John Hardy (3:38)
7 The Derry Dems Of Arrow (3:33)
8 Now Westlin' Winds (5:32)
9 False Sir John (7:18)

Leaves From Off The Tree is a three-way project of Sharron Kraus with Meg Baird and Helena Espvall from Espers. This is a beautiful recording of traditional folk material, with the most stunning singing and arrangements of some of England and Appalachia's finest songs. "The songs on this record were recorded after many an evening swapping songs (and beers!) in Fishtown, Philadelphia, where Sharron had moved from her native England, and Meg and Helena were already installed. Meg and Sharron both had traditional music backgrounds and would meet up and teach each other Appalachian and English ballads, and improvise harmonies and alternate melodies. At some point Helena was invited along and her voice and cello added a rich new layer. We wanted to record the songs in a way that would capture the relaxed atmosphere of our gatherings, so we recorded all nine songs live in one afternoon." Comes in a deluxe white gatefold sleeve complete with notes of each track.


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Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you , thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Such nice and gentle people sharing such beautiful music... Utopia close to reality...

all the best,

Anonymous said...

album bellissimo quanto sconosciuto, meg baird già grande negli espers è interamente nella tradizione . grazie

Grace A. Woodard said...

posting so many wonderful things--thank you!