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Savourna Stevenson, June Tabor, Danny Thompson


Country of origin:

England (and Scotland?)

Type of music generally:

Contemporary folk, neo-traditional folk

Status:

Only release as a trio, Singing The Storm, 1996

See also:

The Ectophiles' Guide entries for June Tabor and the band Danny Thompson was part of for many years, Pentangle.

Comparisons:

June Tabor's solo work is the strongest similarity.

Covers/own material:

Savourna Stevenson's compositions, some lyrics by others

General comments:

This was a commissioned collaboration where harpist/composer Savourna Stevenson wrote the music (and some of the lyrics) for her harp and June Tabor sings. They are accompanied by bassist extraordinaire, Danny Thompson. An intriguing combination, where sometimes the harp dominates, sometimes June Tabor's stunning voice, sometimes Danny Thompson's rhythms and sometimes the stories the songs tell. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Singing The Storm is their only release in this grouping

Recordings:

Singing The Storm

Singing The Storm

Release info:

1996--Cooking Vinyl/True North--TNSD 0127

Availability:

Wide in the U.S., Canada, and U.K.

Ecto priority:

Recommended for June Tabor fans or fans of neo-traditional music

Group members:

Savourna Stevenson--harp
June Tabor--vocals
Danny Thompson--bass

Comments:

I picked up Singing the Storm since I like June Tabor and Danny Thompson seems to be one of the most reliable bass player out there. I had no clue who Savourna Stevenson was, or what she played, only that she was credited with writing all the music. Well, she plays harp, and the disc has instrumental tracks as well as long, elaborate traditional story-songs (along the lines of Loreena McKennitt's "Bonny Swans"). A very nice surprise. (neal)

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