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Abendlandung # 136 – Electric Eden Special, Part 1

18 May 2021
  • Field Recording
  • Folk
  • Modern Classical
  • Classical
  • Reportage
  • Laid-Back
  • Meditative
  • Melancholy
  • Mystical
  • Soulful

Tonight we have the first of a series of Abendlandung specials on Rob Young’s wonderful book “Electric Eden – Unearthing Britains Visionary Music”. Unlike usual, this show, as well as the other Electric Eden specials, will be in english (with eastern Belgian accent).

In this first part, we hear music by: Frederick Delius, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Arnold Bax, John Ireland, Duncan Mcphee & Frank Quinn, Jeannie Robertson, Alan Lomax, Philip Astle & Paul Williamson, The Magpie Horns, Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Shirley Collins, Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Anne Briggs, The Watersons, The Young Tradition.

Note: there is a mistake in the show: The third piece, by Gustav Holst, is not from “Mass of Life” (which is by Frederick Delius), but from his composition “The Hymn of Jesus”. Please excuse this!

The Book: In Rob Young’s groundbreaking survey of more than a century of music making in the British Isles, Rob Young investigates how the idea of folk has been handed down and transformed by successive generations – song collectors, composers, Marxist revivalists, folk-rockers, psychedelic voyagers, free festival-goers, experimental pop stars and electronic innovators.

In a sweeping panorama of Albion’s soundscape that takes in the pioneer spirit of Cecil Sharp; the pastoral classicism of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Peter Warlock; the industrial folk revival of Ewan MacColl and A. L. Lloyd; the folk-rock of Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Shirley Collins, John Martyn and Pentangle; the bucolic psychedelia of The Incredible String Band, The Beatles and Pink Floyd; the acid folk of Comus, Forest, Mr Fox and Trees; The Wicker Man and occult folklore; the early Glastonbury and Stonehenge festivals; and the visionary pop of Kate Bush, Julian Cope and Talk Talk, Electric Eden maps out a native British musical voice that reflects the complex relationships between town and country, progress and nostalgia, radicalism and conservatism.

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01 | Frederick Delius - On the Mountains - Excerpt / from "A Mass of Life", composed in 1904
02 | Ralph Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending / composed in 1914, here played by the New Philharmonia Orchestra
03 | Gustav Holst - Give Ye Heed Unto My Dancing / from "The Hymn Of Jesus", composed in 1917, here played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
04 | Arnold Bax - In The Faery Hills / composed in 1909
05 | John Ireland - The Island Spell / from "Decorations for Piano", composed in 1912, here played by Eric Parkin
06 | Duncan Mcphee - The False Knight Upon the Road / recorded by Alan Lomax
07 | Jeannie Robertson - Mary Hamilton / recorded by Alan Lomax
08 | Alan Lomax - All The Pretty Little Horses / from "Texas Folk Songs", 1958 Tradition Records
09 | Philip Astle & Paul Williamson With Paul Hillier – Miri It Is / from "Miri It Is: English Medieval Music From The 13th And 14th Centuries", 1982 Plant Life
10 | The Magpie Horns - Willy O' Winsbury / from "Willows Songs", 2009 Finders Keepers Records
11 | Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger - Go Down You Murderer / from "Bad Lads And Hard Cases", 1957 Riverside Records
12 | Davy Graham & Shirley Collins - The Cherry Tree Carol / from "Folk Routes, New Routes", 1964 Decca
13 | 13 Davy Graham & Shirley Collins - Dearest Dear / from "Folk Routes, New Routes", 1964 Decca
14 | Bert Jansch - Nottamun Town / from "Jack Orion", 1966 Transatlantic Records
15 | John Renbourn - Song / from "John Renbourn", 1966 Transatlantic Records
16 | Anne Briggs - Lowlands / from "The Hazards of Love", 1964 Topic Records
17 | The Watersons - John Barleycorn / from "Frost and Fire", 1965 Topic Records
18 | The Watersons - Jolly Old Hawk / from "Frost and Fire", 1965 Topic Records
19 | The Young Tradition - Lyke Wake Dirge / from "So Cheerfully Round", 1967 Transatlantic Records