From Here: English Folk Field Recordings – CD + map / vinyl / digital.
Curated, recorded and produced by Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter, Stick In The Wheel.
We set out to make a collection of live recordings – a snapshot of English folk music right now. We wanted to capture performances that were immediate and intimate. You feel like you’re in the room with them, hearing a continuation of a tradition which is very much alive, and evolving.
We didn’t know most of these people, being new to the folk scene. But we could see across the breadth of England, what a wide range of music and styles there were. When we approached the artists, most of them said yes without question, and trusted us with their art. We were welcomed into private and personal spaces, in down-time, and between gigs. Often we were done within the hour, then packed away in the boot of the car, and on to the next one. Of course there are people we don’t know about, or couldn’t get…There is always next time.
From a stone cottage in Edale, a London bank vault, a Bristol back room, to a Robin’s Hood Bay garden at dusk, a Bedford kitchen – each artist was asked to think about what From Here meant to them – by way of place or geography, as a way of looking back to musical origins, or simply where they are at this very moment in time: ‘here’s what I am, this is where I’m from’. Then we just recorded them live, in situ, two stereo mics, no overdubs. Exactly as if you were right there.
Featuring new recordings by Jon Boden / John Kirkpatrick / Martin Carthy / Spiro / Eliza Carthy / Fay Hield / Sam Lee / Fran Foote (SITW) / Jack Sharp (Wolf People) / Nicola Kearey (SITW) / Men Diamler / Bella Hardy / Stew Simpson / Lisa Knapp / Peta Webb & Ken Hall / Sam Sweeney / Rob Harbron
“This bountiful record…is so ingenuously ambitious and artfully executed, it feels both like the beginning of a major project of contemporary musicology and plays like a dream open-mic session at the perfect folk club. Ian Carter and Nicola Kearey have begun a project that could conceivably do more to broaden the appeal of traditional folk music than any other venture in recent years that I can think of. The sooner they get back out there with their recording machine and two stereo mics the better.” Caught by the River
More info at From Here Records.