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Songs of Separation – Peer Reviews

  • January 13, 2016

Songs of Separation

The reviews for the upcoming Songs of Separation album have began to come in with some great ones already featured on Folk Radio UK, Fatea and Bright Young Folk. Alongside these, the collective were interested in what their musician pals and peers had to say about the album… so they sent it off to a few people, and have been posting their reviews on the Songs of Separation Facebook page, you can read a selection of the peer reviews below.
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Watch: Songs of Separation – London Lights

  • December 17, 2015

Songs of SeparationListen to London Lights, the beautifully seasonal song from the upcoming Songs of Separation album.

Recorded in the fairy-tale setting of the Isle of Eigg (in the Scottish Inner Hebrides) and set in the context of a post-referendum world, ‘Songs of Separation’ is not simply a beautiful collection of traditional and self-penned songs, but also aims to prompt new thinking about the issue of separation as it occurs in all our lives.

Hazel Askew says about the song
“When thinking about different interpretations of the word ‘separation’, I remembered this song and the image of the outcast woman gazing at the distant city lights. It seemed like such a poignant depiction of homelessness and the gap between the rich and poor, which is unfortunately still so relevant today, particularly in London where poverty and wealth sit so closely together.”

The Songs of Separation album is out on the 29th January 2016 and available to pre-order now from Propermusic, Amazon, iTunes and all good record stores.

Watch: The Making of Songs of Separation

  • December 4, 2015

Songs of SeparationIn this new mini-documentary, the Songs of Separation team discuss the ideas behind the new album, their inspirations for writing songs about separation and the collaborative process of recording the album. Featuring ten of England and Scotland’s most celebrated female contemporary folk artists, together they explore the similarities and differences in our musical, linguistic and cultural heritage. The ten participants are Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart, Rowan Rheingans, Mary Macmaster, Hannah Read, Kate Young, Jenn Butterworth, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Jenny Hill (who conceived the project).

Find out more about the project on the Songs of Separation website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Songs of Separation is available to pre-order from Propermusic, Amazon, iTunes and all good record stores. Pre-order from Propermusic and receive an exclusive, limited Isle of Eigg/SoS A3 map.

Songs of Separation – Echo And The Corncrake / It Was A’ For Our Rightfu’ King

  • November 13, 2015

Songs of SeparationAhead of the release of the Songs of Separation album and tour, we’ll be releasing a double A-side single on the 20 November, with the songs Echo Mocks the Corncrake and It Was A’ For Our Rightfu’ King.

The single is available to pre-order now from iTunes, AmazonMP3 and Google Play.

The Songs of Separation album is out on the 29 January 2016 and available to pre-order on Propermusic, Amazon, iTunes and from all good record stores.

New Album: Songs of Separation

  • November 10, 2015

Songs of SeparationSongs of Separation is a highly significant collaborative recording project which reflects, through song, the issue of 'separation' in its many forms. Featuring ten of England and Scotland’s most celebrated female contemporary folk artists, together they explore the similarities and differences in our musical, linguistic and cultural heritage. The ten participants are Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart, Rowan Rheingans, Mary Macmaster, Hannah Read, Kate Young, Jenn Butterworth, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Jenny Hill (who conceived the project).

Recorded in the fairy-tale setting of the Isle of Eigg (in the Scottish Inner Hebrides) and set in the context of a post-referendum world, ‘Songs of Separation’ is not simply a beautiful collection of traditional and self-penned songs, but also aims to prompt new thinking about the issue of separation as it occurs in all our lives. The process of developing the music was documented and shared with audiences each day, through a range of videos.

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