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reviews A Celebration of Old England by Anna Shannon

Anna comes from a musical family and was accomplished on classical flute by age ten. Oboe, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, fiddle, sax, bowed psaltery, recorder, chanter and Shruti followed. This is an album of self penned songs with the exception of 'Gaudete' A deep love of traditional song and history enables her to craft songs which reflect times gone by with stories wrapped in just the right amount of imagery. An intense vision finds fresh meaning and relevance for the deeply embraced old and rustic ways. The travelling stallion was a welcome sight in village communities 'Birthing the Plough'. Cromwell banned song, music and dance so you had to be quick 'Hereandgoneagen', 'Ways of the Hunting'the fox triumphant, 'Old Bob and the Poacher'. a necessity for the poor. 'Craftsmen of Old England' where would England be without her master craftsmen and skills 'So drink a health to them And drink a health to all good men, That England shall be great again, A health to dear old England' Home is a caravan on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, from which she draws inspiration for her songs. Occupations of woodwind teacher, mushroom picker, busker, wool spinner have all influenced her songs. The wonders of the natural strongly colour her narratives which are richly embroidered into warm evocative material.