Julie Murphy's first solo album, released in 1999, featuring guest appearances from Martin Simpson, Danny Thompson, Nigel Eaton, Dylan Fowler, Ceri Rhys Matthews, Stacey Blythe, Lynne Denman, Neil Woollard, Kate Ronconi Woollard and Doug Robinson.
'That was truly, truly beautiful' John Peel
'It's been an unlikely journey for Murphy. From Essex to Wales via Brittany, Swaziland, Pakistan, Kenya and heaven knows where else, she now reinvents the tradition with the ardour and wholly original sense of drama of someone with the natural instinct for the uninhibited passion of folk song and no inkling of the unwritten rules that habitually curse its performance. She tackles well known traditional songs and themes like Polly Vaughan, Black is the Colour, Sylvie and The Farmer and turns them inside out, modernising lyrics, adding tunes, shifting the meaning, offering strange arrangements, deep atmospherics. It's a dark, mysterious album that doesn't make light listening, but a distinguished supporting cast, including Danny Thompson on double bass, Nigel Eaton on hurdy gurdy, Stacy Blythe on piano and Martin Simpson on guitar draw you in when the going gets tough.' Colin Irwin
MOJO ( a folk album of the year 1999 )
'A work of great power, ambition and accomplishment'
Songlines ( Top of the world CD )
released January 1, 1999
Recorded by Owen Thomas and Wyn Lewis Jones at Fflach studios, Cardigan, Wales
Mixed by Owen Thomas and Julie Murphy
Produced by Julie Murphy and Owen Thomas
Artwork by Jack Jackson and Julie Murphy
All songs published by Bigtime music publishing except track 4 copyright control
Label Beautiful Jo Records, Oxford
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