Songs From the Blue HouseBy jools • Feb 7th, 2009 • Category: Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Music, Pop
I’ve finally surfaced from my self imposed hibernation and for my first 2009 post, I’ve come across a wonderfully inspiring act called “Songs From the Blue House” hereinafter referred to as SftBH.
Me, I love the Blue Oyster Cult and their song “Don’t Fear the Reaper”. Here that song is covered by SftBH. Described as a “folk collective” from East Anglia in the UK. They have done justice to this classic track with it’s kick snare bango combo and mellow vocals. They also perform original folk/pop influenced numbers that bubble forth from my headphones in a joyful rush.
SftBH consists of a core of three musicians with a background ranging from acid punk through pop; James Partridge on vocals and guitar, Shane Kirk on guitar, vocals and Bouzouki, Gibbon on bass, vocals and keyboards. Added are the main songwriter and vocalist and flautist Helen Mulley, Richard Lockwood on fiddle and Tony Winn and banjo. Dropins also include piano, percussion, drums pedal steel and a moveable feast of other musicians and vocalists.
Musically the recorded sound is big but it has a lot of space and freedom about it. The songs are melodic and the vocals and arrangements lift them above the usual. Surprisingly their live perfomances are tight too going by the vids on YouTube.
A rollicking number by Songs from the Blue House: Her
A countrified Songs from the Blue House: Big Dipper