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Format: CD
Sku: 60607951
UPC: 766397436623
UPC 14: 00766397436623
Release Date: 8/12/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. From My Window ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
2. Holland Mistress, The ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
3. Two Year Winter ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
4. Night-Time Jigs: Comb Your Hair and Curl It/Upstairs and to ... ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
5. Story Of Our Darling Grace, The ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
6. Lover's Ghost, The ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
7. Hey Away ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
8. Lost Chances ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
9. Diddling Set: Jenny Dang the Weaver/The Dark Mill/Paddy's Trip to ... ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
10. Two Brothers, The ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
11. Haymakers, The ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
12. Bide ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Manchester Angel, The ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
2. What Am I Bid? ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
3. Riddles From The North ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
4. Farewell To Nova Scotia ~ Bill Jones (British Folk)
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Bill Jones (vocals, whistle, accordion, piano); David Wood, David Wood (guitar); Stewart Hardy (violin); Kathryn Tickell (fiddle, viola); Shanti Paul Jayasinha (cello, flugelhorn); Miranda Sykes (double bass, background vocals); Sarah Wright (flute); Keith Angel (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Keith Angel; Brian Bedford; Mark Whyles.
Muze PNote Recording information: Park Head Studio, Nr. Huddersfield, England.
Muze PNote Photographer: Brian Ledgard.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Miranda Sykes; Sarah Wright; Keith Angel; David Wood.
Muze PNote Bill Jones has quickly come to occupy a place in British folk music similar to Kate Rusby. She's very much at home with traditional songs (and music, since she's a very capable multi-instrumentalist), giving them an intimate, contemporary feel without ever losing their history, and she's also an excellent songwriter whose pieces fit in perfectly well with the continuum of folk. Two Year Winter (which comes with the four-track Bits and Pieces EP as a second lovely disc) shows how she's continuing her rapid growth. She's also learned to pick work from other writers, like "From My Window," which opens the record, or Pete Morton's wonderful "The Two Brothers," letting them sit very comfortably next to ballads like "The Holland Mistress," whose jaunty tune belies its dark subject matter. Slightly more problematic are her two collaborations with Annie Hills, whose lyrics run to the ostentatiously poetic at time, coming across as forced in comparison to the easiness and flow of the other material. However, that aside, Jones doesn't put a foot wrong. "Hey Away" is a wonderful and truthful piece from Geordieland, "The Lover's Ghost" comes from the eerie tradition of night-visiting songs, and "Bide," a variant on "The Two Magicians," is gloriously understated. The instrumental sets glisten, especially "Diddling Set," where she assays some mouth music, acquitting herself very well. Artists like Jones and Rusby are inclusive rather than exclusive, drawing people gently into folk music. They're to be applauded for it. With this, Jones does a superb job. The only question now: How much better can she become? ~ Chris Nickson

Producer: Karen Tweed; Bill Jones

Engineer: Brian Bedford

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/12/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 4366
Music Label Name Label : Compass (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00766397436623

Professional Reviews

Dirty Linen (2/04, p.48)
- "[The album] displays an artist coming to terms with what she does best. The result is her strongest recording to date."

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