Sleeve Notes for Sharp Practice by Mary Humphreys & Anahata
An assortment of previously unrecorded material from the English folk tradition, much of it previously unrecorded, in a dazzling variety of arrangements. There are neglected gems from Cecil Sharps collections, alternative versions of old favorites and a number of tunes, some written by friends and others much older, that simply havent had the exposure they deserve. The arrangements range from unaccompanied singing to complex multitracked extravaganzas with melodeons, concertinas, banjo, cello and piano played by Mary and Anahata, together with contributions on fiddle, flute and recorder from Dave and Gina Holland.
Singer Mary Humphreys, whose vocal style has been informed by listening to traditional singers, and multi-intrumentalist Anahata emerge from years of working in their local folk communities to present an assortment of previously unrecorded material from the English folk tradition.
1 Mermaid/Marmalade Polka
2 No my love, not I
3 Jenny Bell/Carrion Crow
4 India War/Jackís Health
5 Barbíry Ellen
6 Dunmow Galumph/Danbury Hill
7 Young Banker/Rosie
8 Sheath and Knife
9 Marsden/London/Stoney Steps Hornpipe
10 Pride of the Season
11 Windsor Terrace/Mississippi Mud
12 Spotted Cow
13 Waltz for the Veleta/Faithful Sailor Boy