From: Spyboy Info [info_at_spyboy_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 13 February 2009 20:26
Subject: Lark Rise Show gets Four Star Review in Guardian
Hello - Our next show at the Hailsham Pavilion is on Saturday 21st February
Lark Rise to Candleford with The Lark Rise Band
This concert performance presents music, words, dance and song from the book
and the plays, celebrating a lost way of life so memorably captured by Flora Thompson,
by past and present members of the Albion Band, Fairport Convention and the Rainbow Chasers, including the "guvnor" himself, Ashley Hutchings
Seats 18.50 from 01323 841414 - www.spyboy.co.uk
 
ON TUESDAY OF THIS WEEK THE SHOW WAS STAGED AT THE PURCELL ROOM
ON LONDON'S SOUTH BANK.....
 
IT GAINED A FOUR STAR REVIEW IN WEDNESDAY'S GUARDIAN - SEE BELOW.......
 
 

Folk

The Lark Rise Band

Purcell Room, London

4 out of 5

Ashley Hutchings, better known in the folk scene simply as the Guv'nor, is one of the great English pioneers. Back in the 1960s and 70s, he was a founding member of Fairport Convention, then Steeleye Span, and then the Albion Band, and in the process introduced the electric bass to traditional music and helped to create a new genre: folk-rock. As the first folk boom began to fade away in the late 70s, he was involved in new experiments, working as music director at the National Theatre, matching traditional music with drama in two productions based around Flora Thompson's trilogy of Victorian country life, Lark Rise to Candleford.

The music from those plays first appeared on a 1980 album. Now, with folk music firmly back in fashion and Lark Rise a popular television series, he has decided to revive those songs. And it actually works, despite Hutchings's lengthy reminiscences about which song came from which production. All that mattered was the music and the stories, and both are revived well in this new setting. The enthusiastic band includes multi-instrumentalists playing violin, melodeon, zither, acoustic guitars and drums, and are at their best with stirring, six-part harmonies. The songs are equally varied, from English dance tunes and Victorian hymns to the traditional Bonny Labouring Boy, used here as a reminder of the way in which the rural England of Thompson's childhood was shattered by the carnage of the first world war, in which many from the countryside lost their loves. Lark Rise is still an impressive folk concept.