The Full English
RNCM Theatre, 1 November 2014
The Full English are a band of folk musicians brought together by Fay Hield to record an album of the finest English folk songs.
A further purpose was to make the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) archive, from which the songs were taken, better known.
The concert featured songs from the album, and a few others besides. One song, The King of the Cannibal Islands, had a strong klezmer flavour. Another, Stand by Your Guns, an Appalachian feel. There was an exactness and a lovely openness to many of the songs, not least the two Joseph Taylor songs; each one a world you could step into.
Further details of The Full English band can be found here. And the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) archive is here. I’d definitely recommend looking around the EFDSS site: it’s a treasure house.