VA – Sumer Is Icumen In: The Pagan Sound Of British And Irish Folk 1966-75 (2020)

Posted by Green on November 26, 2020as

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Released in 2015, Grapefruit’s 3-CD multi-artist British underground folk compilation Dust On The Nettles was widely praised, with a five-star review in The Times hailing it as “a delight from beginning to end”.

A long-overdue follow up to that set, Sumer Is Icumen In tightens the mesh by focusing on the point when traditional folksong and the burgeoning late Sixties counterculture collided, largely courtesy of seminal acts like the Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention and Pentangle.

CD1
1. Third Ear Band – Lark Rise (2019 Remaster) (2:49)
2. Midwinter – Sanctuary Stone (4:08)
3. Vulcan’s Hammer – The Keys Of Canterbury (5:43)
4. The Celebrated Ratliffe Stout Band – The Wood-Gathering Man (2:28)
5. Folkal Point – Lovely Joan (2:27)
6. The Strawbs – Canon Dale (Alternative Version) (3:40)
7. Kevin Coyne – White Horse (4:12)
8. Amber – Swan In The Evening (4:36)
9. Synanthesia – Minerva (4:14)
10. The Minor Birds – The Parting Glass (3:47)
11. Parameter – Virgin Childe (2:49)
12. Dry Heart – Cabin On The Clifftop (3:46)
13. Mighty Baby – Winter Passes (Demo) (3:12)

CD2
1. Gallery – Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (2:30)
2. Horden Raikes – Mad Tom Of Bedlam (3:47)
3. Bridget St. John – Lizard-Long-Tongue-Boy (Acetate Version) (3:09)
4. Simon Finn – Where’s Your Master Gone? (3:13)
5. Fresh Maggots – The House Carpenter (2:38)
6. J.P. Sunshine – Hand In Hand (1:49)
7. Principal Edwards Magic Theatre – Autumn Lady Dancing Song (6:49)

CD3
1. Stone Angel – The Bells Of Dunwich (5:56)
2. Parke – Three Ravens (3:17)
3. Green Man – Salisbury Plain (3:51)
4. Spriguns Of Tolgus – Flodden Field (6:40)
5. The MacDonald Folk Group – Geordie (3:10)
6. Michael Raven;Joan Mills – The Queen Of The Night (2:24)
7. George Deacon;Marion Ross – Holsworthy Peter’s Fair (4:36)
8. Shirley Kent – Butterfly On The Shore (3:59)
9. Heather, Adrian & John – Lark In The Morning (2:43)
10. The Coterie – Scarborough Fair – Canticle (3:48)

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