TSCD488 web“This is deliberately an album of English music,” writes Martin Carthy in his notes. “It is neither possible nor desirable to set up musical border checkpoints anywhere. However, there is that elusive and ever changing thing called identity.” Assisted by members of Eliza Carthy’s band and the voices of other members of the family, Waterson:Carthy sing and play such timeless English anthems as Claudy Banks and Hares in the Old Plantation, ending with a stirring performance of the hymn Stars in My Crown, dedicated to the English playwright Dennis Potter.

Norma Waterson vocals
Martin Carthy vocals, guitar, mandolin
Eliza Carthy vocals, fiddle
Saul Rose melodeon
Maclaine Colston hammered dulcimer
Barnaby Stradling bass
Lal Waterson, Maria Gilhooley, Mike Waterson, Eleanor Waterson vocals

1  Rambleaway / Valentine Waltz
2  Claudy Banks
3  Rackabello
4  Lowlands of Holland
5  Grand March in the Battle of Prague / Liverpool Hornpipe / Wellington Hornpipe
6  Meeting is a Pleasure
7  Hares in the Old Plantation
8  Flash Company
9  Maid Lamenting
10  American Stranger
11  French Stroller
12  Polly’s Love
13  Stars in My Crown

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