Shirley Collins & Dolly Collins - Anthems in Eden (1969) - British Folk Music
After pioneering the fusion of traditional folk song with jazz, blues, and other guitar stylings on her 1964 collaboration with Davy Graham (Folk Roots, New Routes - see my other uploads), Shirley Collins looked to early musical instruments for ANTHEMS IN EDEN. The title suite, or "song-story," was first produced for a half-hour broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in 1968.
Musicians on this and the seven other tracks that make up the 1969 album (tracks 01 - 08) include David Munrow and colleagues from the Early Music Consort on an array of weird and wonderful instruments like the rebec, cornett, sackbut, and crumhorn. Sister Dolly Collins, who was responsible for the instrumental settings, plays portative pipe organ.
"Anthems in Eden" combines traditional songs with original compositions to follow the unsteady course of love from the rural idyll of first meeting, through courtship, to loss brought on by the Great War. There is much else to enjoy, from the traditional "Rambleaway" and "Gathering Rushes in the Month of May," to a delightful version of Robin Williamson's "God Dog," plus a rousing version of "The Gower Wassail."
The Harvest CD and BGO reissue include six bonus tracks, which first appeared alongside the "Anthems in Eden" suite on the 1976 Harvest compilation.
1. A Song-Story Medley: A Beginning / A Meeting: Searching For Lambs / A Courtship: The Wedding Song...
3. Ca' The Yowes
4. God Dog
5. Bonny Cuckoo
6. Nellie The Milkmaid
7. Gathering Rushes In The Month Of May
8. Gower Wassail, The
9. Fare Thee Well My Dearest Dear
10. C'est La Fin / Pour Mon Coeur
11. Bonny Kate
12. Adieu To All Judges And Juries
13. Edi Beo Thu Hevene Quene
14. Black Joker / Black, White, Yellow & Green