Folksongs of the British Isles / Kelly, Spence, Evans, Delmar, Pollock, Wilson et al.

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SOMM Recordings is pleased to announce a musical journey around the four nations of the United Kingdom with Folk Songs of the British Isles. Celebrating the “living, breathing heritage of British and Irish folksong down the ages”, the 27-track recital features soprano Janis Kelly, mezzos Yvonne Howard and Maria Jagusz, tenors Nicky Spence and Wynne Evans, baritone Mark Llewelyn Evans, jazz doyenne Elaine Delmar and actor- singer Kevin Whately. Fiona Kelly (flute), Jean Kelly (harp) and pianists Michael Pollock and John Wilson provide instrumental contributions with singer Caroline McCausland accompanying herself on guitar.

Much-loved songs include She Moved Through the Fair, The Last Rose of Summer, The Foggy, Foggy Dew and Down by the Salley Gardens. Local colour is provided by songs such as Blaydon Races, Skye Boat Song, Sosban Fach and The Oak and the Ash while the entirely new Song for Gwyn (words by Christopher Morley, music by John Wilson) tributes Gwyn Williams, former Principal Viola with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which he joined in 1965 and where he played for conductors Hugo Rignold, Louis Frémaux and Sir Simon Rattle. Royalties will be donated to the Gwyn Williams Bursary Fund which supports young violists at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and endows three viola chairs in the CBSO Youth Orchestra.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: June 09, 2023

  • Catalog Number: SOMMCD 0668

  • UPC: 748871066823

  • Label: SOMM Recordings

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Composer: John Wall Callcott, Idris Lewis, Joseph Parry, Welsh Traditional, Traditional, Northumbrian Traditional, Scottish Traditional, Irish Traditonal, William Sydney Gwynn Williams, John Wilson

  • Performer: Caroline McCausland, Fiona Kelly, Jean Kelly, Nicky Spence, John Wilson, Janis Kelly, Kevin Whately, Yvonne Howard, Elaine Delmar, Mark Llewelyn Evans, Michael Pollock, Wynne Evans, Maria Jagusz