The Amber Triangle

by Ian Giles

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A collection of mainly traditional songs, with some modern songs in traditional style. Backed with a wide variety of acoustic instruments. Ian Giles has been singing on the club, and festival circuit for some 25 years, and has established a formidable reputation both as a solo artist, and as vocalist with a number of successful traditional groups.



Here, for the first time under his own name, Ian has collected a selection of favourite songs from his vast repertoire, including: Aye Waukin O / I Wish I Were Where Ellen Lies / Thornaby Woods / Ratcliffe Highway / High Germany . . . . . . . Ian is accompanied and supported by a formidable collection of talent including: Steve Tilston, Chris Leslie, Paul Sartin, Dan Plews, Tom Bower, Sandra Kerr, Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Graham Metcalfe, and Moira Craig.

I Wish I Were Where Ellen Lies
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Thornaby Woods
Leslie
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Aye Waukin' O
Tilson
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John Cherokee
When I first learned this American shanty at school
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Broom of the Cowdenknowes
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The Streeets of Forbes
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High Germany / Ratcliffe Highway
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Banks of the Doe
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Polly on the Shore
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Admiral Cole
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Yarmouth Town
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By The Hush
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The Great Silkie
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Singing Bird
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Folk On

Folk On

This is one of those simple yet super albums which come along midst the pretentious and the over-blown: no big productions, no showy instrumentation, just good, clear playing and singing. Theres just a huge pleasure from these titles - I Wish I Were Where Ellen Lies, Aye Waulkin O, Streets of Forbes, and more.   This is a truly fine piece of work from a man who is doing grand things for the real music.

Roy Harris

The Living Tradition

Now we have his debut solo album, and its a good one that shows off his strong and flexible voice admirably.  Giles is backed by a band that includes Steve Tilston, Chris Leslie, Dan Plews, etc., and a vocal group that has Sandra & Nancy Kerr, among its members.  They all give fine assistance but it is Giles voice that carries the album ......this is a highly promising debut that deserves a wide hearing. Ian Giles has the potential to go beyond Oxfords Amber Triangle.  This album should help him do it.

Taplas

Bob Harragan

This is an album that has judged its time perfectly.  Songs which were once the staple of the folk revival, simply sung, with subtle backing musicians and not a gimmick in sight.  If Ian Giles were a bit younger, we would be touting him as another of the brat pack, re-assessing the quality and simplicity we have forgotten. The songs are almost a recommendation in themselves - Thornaby Woods, Aye Waukin 0, Broom of the Cowdenknowes, Streets of Forbes, High Germany and even Peter Bellamys Yarmouth Town.  Giles voice has just enough colour to be distinctive, without being odd and he is supported by people of the quality of  Steve Tilston and Chris Leslie.  Move over, young uns.  Oldie folk lives!

Dirty Linen

Ian Giles is well known around his native Oxford, England, as a traditional singer, folk club organizer, and member of the band Magpie Lane, but his work hasnt been released in North America.  Thus this disc was a pleasant discovery, combining a talented and unpretentious vocalist, a well-chosen collection of British traditional songs, and a first-rate crew of backup musicians that includes Steve Tilston on guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, and Nancy and Sandra Kerr on harmonies.  Just about every track invites you to sing along on the choruses.  Among them are a couple robust sea chanties, John Cherokee and Admiral Cole, some simple but affectionate arrangements of familiar songs, like Broom of the Cowdenknowes and Polly on the Shore, and a few fancier takes, like a Renaissance adaptation of Radcliffe Highway and a mandolin driven Yarmouth Town. (TN)