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Bella Hardy
The Dark Peak And The White

Bella Hardy — The Dark Peak And The White (May 15, 2012)

  Bella Hardy — The Dark Peak And The White (May 15, 2012)
Ψ•   The Dark Peak and The White is an album of songs by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Bella Hardy.  It is her first collection of music specifically from her Peak District home, with adaptations and new tunes to works from ‘The Ballads and Songs of Derbyshire’ published 1867, and original songs written for the history, folklore and legends of the area.
Born: Edale, Derbyshire, England
Location: Edale, Derbyshire
Album release: May 15, 2012
Record Label: Noe Records, NOE04
Duration:     47:48
Tracks:
01. The Driving Of The Deer      3:20
02. Emmott's Song      3:15
03. The Elergy      4:11
04. Fin Cop      5:30
05. The Drunken Butcher Of Tideswell      6:01
06. Lament For Derwent Village      4:22
07. The Derbyshire Miller      2:30
08. The Ilam Lullaby      2:58
09. Bradwell's Lost Daughter      4:19
10. Castleton Gypsies      1:37
11. Dain's Mill      1:10
12. Henry And Clara      5:23
13. Peak Rhapsody      3:14
℗ 2012 Noe Records at Bella Hardy Music
Musicians:
Ψ•   Bella Hardy: Voice, Fiddle, Piano, Harmonium & Feet
Ψ•   Kris Drever: Guitar, Mandolin, Voice, Double Bass, Slide Guitar & Feet
Ψ•   Voices on Castleton Gypsies: Emma Hardy, Rachel Newton & Laura-Beth Salter
Ψ•   Emma Hardy: Voice on Peak Rhapsody
Credits:
Ψ•   Implementation
Ψ•   Website designed by Ross Hume at Boulder Design Ltd (http://www.boulder-design.co.uk/)
Ψ•   Map illustration by Emma Hardy
Ψ•   Album produced by Kris Drever
Ψ•   Recorded & Mixed by Tim Matthew at Red October Studios, Edinburgh
Ψ•   Mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland (http://www.castlesound.co.uk/)
Ψ•   CD Design by Matt Thame at Studio Auto Design (http://www.studioauto.co.uk/)
Ψ•   Cover landscape by Karina Goodman
Ψ•   Character illustrations by Lawrence Cox
Ψ•   All songs published by Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS)
ABOUT
Ψ•   The Peak District National Park was made the first National Park of Great Britain in 1951, and at the southern end of the Pennines, stretches across 555 square miles of Derbyshire, South and West Yorkshire, Cheshire, the Staffordshire Moorlands and Greater Manchester.  Growing up in Edale, beneath Kinder Scout, singing was always part of Bella’s life. Her family were all in the tiny village choir, and sang old favourites such as ‘Liverpool Lou’ and ‘Whisky In The Jar’, around the house.  But her own fascination with traditional music was fuelled by a love of literature and storytelling, which led Bella to delve into old books of folk songs and their mysterious collections of love and murder ballads.
Ψ•   The Dark Peak and The White is produced by one of Scotland’s most eminent musicians Kris Drever, famous for collaborations with artists such as Kate Rusby, Eddi Reader, and Jack Bruce, and for his work with multi–award winning band LAU.  Supported by the Peak District National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund, the album’s stripped back instrumentation explores Bella’s unique fiddle singing sound, inspired by and echoing the rich landscape of her peakland home. From ‘The Songs & Ballads of Derbyshire’ comes ancient stories; The Driving of The Deer, tells of Norman Lord Peverel of Castleton, and his rivalry with the neighbouring Saxons over the hill, while The Drunken Butcher of Tideswell, is about one villager’s meeting with a phantom on the moor.  Bella’s own songs touch on more recent history, with Lament for Derwent Village telling the heartbreaking story of one woman removed from Derwent before its flooding to create the Ladybower Reservoir.  She also brings new life to historic myths, such as The Ilam Lullaby, narrated by the Irish bride of St. Bertram, who, along with her child, was tragically killed by wolves, leading to Bertram’s long residency as a hermit in that area.
Ψ•   Since reaching the finals of the BBC Young Folk Awards in 2004, Bella has become a leading light of the folk scene, nominated four times in the Radio 2 Folk Awards, and releasing three solo albums.  All have been received to great critical acclaim, with the most recent, ‘Songs Lost & Stolen’, becoming MOJO magazine’s number 2 Folk album of the Year 2011, and The Herring Girlfrom the same album voted Best Original Song at this years Folk Awards.  Famed for entwining her hypnotic voice with her own fiddle accompaniment to stunning effect, Bella has toured extensively, from Village Halls to The Royal Albert Hall, and has appeared regularly on national television and radio, with performances last year on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Radio 2’s Weekend Wogan with Terry Wogan and The Bob Harris Show, and Radio 3’s The Verb with Ian McMillan.
Ψ•   The Dark Peak and The White animates the cultural heritage of the Peak District with heartfelt conviction.  It demonstrates Bella Hardy’s remarkable ability to breathe new life into old stories, and to write original songs which stand up and contribute to the British traditional music canon.  Yet most importantly, at the centre of it all, Bella’s voice remains, captivating and enchanting
Ψ•   “Unveiled, committed, uncontrived, persuasive, passionate, empowering, and utterly wonderful”fRoots Magazine
Song 1
Ψ•   Lord Peverel stood on the Lordis Seat, and an angry man was he
Ψ•   For he heard the sound of a hunters horn slow winding up the lee...
Ψ•   William Peverel, Norman Lord of Peverel Castle in Castleton, stands on Lord's Seat, a peak on the ridge between Edale and Rushup Edge. He hears the sound of a horn, and realises that someone is illegally hunting his deer across the forestry land.
The Driving of the Deer
Ψ•   On discovering it is his enemies, the Saxons who live by permission at Bowden (by Chapel–en–le–Frith), he sends Sir Payne Peverel to order them to stop hunting, and pledge allegiance to the Peverels. The Saxon Lord refuses, and when the Saxons wave their weapons in the air, Lord Peverel can see he is outmatched on this occasion.
Ψ•   The story ends without further conflict, but Lord Peverel vows to “...right this wrong someday”.
Song 7
Ψ•   Oh this is my toe, next to my shoe sole
Ψ•   Your sole in my territory
Ψ•   I’m the maid of the mill and the corn grinds well
Ψ•   The first verse and tune of The Derbyshire Miller was written by Mr.Chapell, and sung to Llewellynn Jewitt by Mr. Charles Sloman.  Jewitt recorded it in his book 'The Songs and Ballads of Derbyshire' published in 1867.
Ψ•   http://www.derbyshireheritage.co.uk/Menu/Archaeology/Mills.php
Label: http://darkpeakandwhite.com/
REVIEW
Robin Denselow, Thursday 24 May 2012 21.00 BST; Score: ***
Ψ•   Two folk celebrities collaborate on a low–key project with help from the Peak District National Park's Sustainable Development Fund. Bella Hardy lives and was brought up in the Peak District, and this is a collection of new settings for songs that appeared in Songs and Ballads of Derbyshire back in the 19th century, and new material based on the history and legends of the area. Unlike her last release, Songs Lost & Stolen (which included her award–winning The Herring Girl), this is a stripped–back affair, with backing provided by her own fiddle, piano and harmonium, and the guitar, bass and mandolin work of producer Kris Drever. Her singing is as fine, cool and no–nonsense as ever, and the songs range from her stark, effective new setting for the 1815 murder story Henry and Clara: the Winnats Pass Murders, to the grand Peak Rhapsody and her own, piano–backed Lament for Derwent Village, the story of those forced to move to make way for a reservoir. But you have to check darkpeakandwhite.com to find out what the songs are about.
Ψ•   http://www.theguardian.com/
Discography:
Solo:
•   Night Visiting (Noe Records, 2007)
•   In The Shadow of Mountains (Noe Records, 2009)
•   Songs Lost & Stolen (Navigator Records, 2011)
•   The Dark Peak and The White (Noe Records, 2012)
•   Battleplan (Noe Records, 2013)
•   With the Dawn (Noe Records, 2015)
Other:
•   Twelve Little Devils The Pack (Selwyn Music, 2002)
•   Be Prepared for Weather Ola (Ola Music, 2003)
•   Laylam Carthy Hardy Farrell Young (Hem Hem Records, 2013)
•   performs on The Liberty to Choose: Songs from the New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs Various Artists (Fellside Recordings Ltd, 2013)
Website: http://www.bellahardy.com/
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Bella Hardy
The Dark Peak And The White

 

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