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The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs Of Black British Experience

Angeline Morrison

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Format: LP

Cat No: TTSLP007

PRE-ORDER: This item will be shipped with the aim to deliver on release day.

Release Date:  08 March 2024

Label:  Topic

Packaging Type:  Slip Sleeve (CD or Vinyl)

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  714822940078

Genres:  Folk  Folk  

Release Date:  07 October 2022

Label:  Topic

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  714822046114

Genres:  Folk  Folk  

Release Date:  20 January 2023

Label:  Topic

Packaging Type:  Slip Sleeve (CD or Vinyl)

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  714822186117

Genres:  Folk  Folk  

  • Description

    Limited edition green opaque vinyl re-pressing of widely-acclaimed 2022 Topic Records debut, produced by Eliza Carthy.

    'The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience,' released on Topic Records in October 2022, lifted Cornwall-based folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Angeline Morrison, out of relative obscurity and into the limelight. Immediately recognised as an important work in the British folk canon, Morrison's courageous album rightfully enjoyed unanimous acclaim. 'The Sorrows Songs' shines a light into a previously, virtually neglected corner of Black British History. Whereas, the USA has long since documented its Black history in song, until now, the UK had no real equivalent. 'The Sorrow Songs' begins to address this. Angeline refers to the album as "re-storying" and as a gift not only to the forgotten Black ancestors of these islands but to the folk community here today.

    Produced by Eliza Carthy and featuring some of her beautiful, soaring string arrangements, The Sorrow Songs also features a guest appearance by her father and bona fide folk legend, Martin Carthy on 'Slave No More.'

    The original black vinyl pressing of this album quickly sold out in 2022. This green opaque re-pressing, a limited edition of 500 copies, makes it available once again for those who missed out.

    Description

    The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience is the debut album by Cornwall-based folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Angeline Morrison, her first record for the historic Topic Records label

    Produced by Eliza Carthy and featuring some of her beautiful, soaring string arrangements, The Sorrow Songs was recorded in Cornwall at Cube Studio and is a work of what she calls 're-storying' . "The traditional songs of the UK are rich with storytelling, and you can find songs with examples of almost any kind of situation or person you can think of. But whilst people of the African diaspora have been present in these islands since at least Roman Times, their histories are little known - and they don't tend to appear in the folk songs of these islands."

    Angeline Morrison began to wonder if she could discover more about the lives of these ordinary and extraordinary Black ancestors and create an album of songs in the sonic style of UK folk and traditional music, in the hope that this silent space could then begin to be filled with stories. With the help of Arts Council National Lottery funding, Angeline began what became a year of research into this neglected area of Black British history. The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience is the result.

    Released to commemorate Black History Month in October 2022, this powerful record is intended to honour these Black ancestors who lived in these islands and to act as a gift to the folk community.

    The musicians on the album are: Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (anglo concertina, melodeon, vocals), Clarke Camilleri (guitar, banjo, vocals), Hamilton Gross (violin, vocals), Rosie Crow (piano, vocals), Alex Neilson (drums, vocals), Eliza Carthy (violin, fiddlesticks, vocals), Martin Carthy (guitar) and Angeline Morrison (vocals, autoharp, double bass).

    In July 2022, Angeline Morrison became the fourth recipient of the prestigious Christian Raphael Prize, which generously supports the development of emerging talent in the folk genre.

    Description

    Angeline Morrison's 'The Sorrow Songs' is, rightfully, one of folk music's most highly-praised albums of 2022.

    Originally released on CD/digitally to commemorate Black History Month in October, this powerful record is now available in vinyl format and boasts a full colour inner sleeve, complete with extensive sleeve notes by Angeline plus two limited edition postcards featuring artwork from the album.

    On classic black vinyl, this release is limited to 500 copies.

    'The Sorrow Songs' featured in Mojo magazine's top 10 folk albums of 2022 and in the top 10 of the official Folk Chart on release.

    Angeline made an unforgettable appearance on 'Later...With Jools Holland' in October and was the subject of an extensive Guardian article the same month.

    "instant folk classics...." - 9/10 Uncut

    "A work of rare sensitivity and a thought-feast of ideas." - 5/5 RNR

    "Unequivocally one of the finest and most important folk albums of this, or indeed any, year" - Folking.com

    "A ground-breaking album" ? Folkradio.co.uk

    "The most anticipated folk album of the year.

    A triumph" ? Tradfolk

    Deserves to be in first place when the folk and roots communities start to hand out their annual awards" ? Americana-uk.com

    "Truly revolutionary." 5/5 - New Internationalist

    Produced by Eliza Carthy, 'The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience,' by Cornwall-based folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Angeline Morrison, is her first record for the historic Topic Records label

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Interlude - Some Terrible Habits
      • 2. Unknown African Boy (d.1830)
      • 3. Black John
      • 4. Interlude - These Little Ones
      • 5. The Beautiful Spotted Black Boy
      • 6. Mad-Haired Moll O'Bedlam
      • 7. Interlude - Nobody Round Here Likes It
      • 8. The Hand Of Fanny Johnson

      Side 2

      • 1. Cinnamon Water
      • 2. Hide Yourself
      • 3. Cruel Mother Country
      • 4. Interlude - In The Village
      • 5. The Flames They Do Grow High
      • 6. Interlude - Need Not Apply
      • 7. Go Home
      • 8. Slave No More

    Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Interlude - Some Terrible Habits
      • 2. Unknown African Boy (d.1830)
      • 3. Black John
      • 4. Interlude - These Little Ones
      • 5. The Beautiful Spotted Black Boy
      • 6. Mad-Haired Moll O'Bedlam
      • 7. Interlude - Nobody Round Here Likes It
      • 8. The Hand Of Fanny Johnson
      • 9. Cinnamon Water
      • 10. Hide Yourself
      • 11. Cruel Mother Country
      • 12. Interlude - In The Village
      • 13. The Flames They Do Grow High
      • 14. Interlude - Need Not Apply
      • 15. Go Home
      • 16. Slave No More

    Tracklisting

    1. Interlude - Some Terrible Habits
    2. Unknown African Boy (D.1830)
    3. Black John
    4. Interlude - These Little Ones
    5. The Beautiful Spotted Black Boy
    6. Mad-Haired Moll O'bedlam
    7. Interlude - Nobody Round Here Likes It
    8. The Hand Of Fanny Johnson
    2.1. Cinnamon Water
    2.2. Hide Yourself
    2.3. Cruel Mother Country
    2.4. Interlude - In The Village
    2.5. The Flames They Do Grow High
    2.6. Interlude - Need Not Apply
    2.7. Go Home