Still Every Year They Went

Reeder, Philip ORCID: 0000-0002-0557-1182 and Lamb, Johny (2019) Still Every Year They Went. [Audio]

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On 15 April 2015, Philip Reeder and Thirty Pounds of Bone (Johny Lamb) went to sea aboard the Girl Emily, a 1974 commercial line fishing boat sailing out of Custom House Quay in Falmouth, Cornwall. Faced with an unlikely and challenging studio environment on deck, Thirty Pounds of Bone performed nine new arrangements of traditional fishing/maritime songs, as the skipper and his mate went about their business of fishing. Despite the inherently risible endeavour, vocal performances accompanied by guitar, shruti-box and two Monotribe synthesizers were captured by a variety of microphones alongside guest performances by bow-waves, seagulls, coastguard helicopters and various sea creatures. The sound of the boat, her engines, her wake, the creaks of her hull and her propeller are a fundamental challenge but also material for the album Still Every Year They Went. The songs from or about the sea, and its associated practices, were taken back to the water—set amidst the environment of their origins. An unlikely collaboration emerges between Thirty Pounds of Bone’s dredger-paced lo-fi, and the phonographic studio methods employed by Reeder. The result is an album of material that speaks to older traditions, made relevant by a methodology that seeks new ways to render traditional song. Whilst the album engages with traditional acousmatic concerns, alongside more phonographic choices - it also labours over how to present the performance as a site specific event, through the inevitable fiction that recording and production entail. These choices were engaged with through a plurality of working practices and presentations of recordings, songs and performance across the album. The project was awarded Folk Album of the Month in the Guardian, and favourably reviewed by Folk Radio.

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Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Philip Reeder
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 11:29
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 19:08

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