Saturday, May 31, 2014

In Gowan Ring - Birch Book - Taking Wing / Jacob Fleet (single) - 2014

Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Vinyl 7” Single, Les Disques du 7eme Ciel 7C8, France

01 Taking Wing (as In Gowan Ring) Mark Fry/The A. Lords cover
02 Jacob Fleet (as Birch Book) And Also The Trees cover

Voice, guitars, mellotron, flutes, organ, bowed glockenspiel, drum, tubular bells Bobin Jon Michael Eirth

Recorded and mixed at die Graefehütte, Berlin, Germany.

Bobin Jon Michael Eirth is the man behind In Gowan Ring and Birch Book. Since the mid 90s, this prolific American singer-songwriter has recorded a dozen full-length albums.

On this 7", Eirth gives his very own folk take on two tracks that he loves:

- Taking Wing is a cover of a song by Mark Fry, the legendary English psychedelic folk musician. It appeared at the end of I Lived in Trees, a truly beautiful album that Fry recorded with The A. Lords.
B’ee - Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Mellotron flutes, Organ, Bowed Glockenspiel.

- Jacob Fleet is a cover of a song by English post-punk band And Also The Trees. It was taken from their synth-infused album Green Is The Sea.
B’ee - Voice, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Mellotron Strings, Drum, Tubular Bells.

01 Written by Mark Fry, Nicholas Palmer & Michael Tanner
02 Written by Simon Huw Jones, Steven Burrows, Nick Havas & Justin Jones

It is a Limited Edition release, with just 100 copies available (50 red sleeves and 50 black sleeves), and comes in a recycled gray cardstock silk-printed sleeve. Sleeve Design Damian O'Hara.

Birch Book - Birch Book EP - 2011

Quality: CBR 128 kbps (sorry no better copy available)
Label: Vinyl 10" + EP CD, Les Disques du 7ème Ciel, 7C2, France

01 Life's Lace
02 Le Temps De Vivre
03 La Chanson De Prévert
04 Son Du Soleil
05 Les Feuilles Mortes
06 Vent D'Automne

Brier Nitz: backing vocals
Ron Walker: harmonium
B'ee: vocals, guitars & arrangements

Composed By – B'ee (04,06), Joseph Kosma (05)
Written And Composed By – B'ee (01), Georges Moustaki (02), Serge Gainsbourg (03)
Written By – B'ee, Carole Chiaramonti (04), B'ee, Damien Loret (06), Jacques Prévert (05)
Artwork Sleeve: Damian O'Hara 

Vinyl & CD Limited Edition 

Aware of B'ee's interest in French language and culture, Les Disques du 7ème Ciel suggested that they collaborate on the release of a record based on French song.
Great EP, recomendation straight from the heart.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Birch Book - Tomorrow's Sun Will Rise The Same CDr - 2010

Quality: CBR 128 kbps (sorry no better copy available)
Label: Not On Label - Self-released, CD-r Limited Edition

01 Tomorrow's Sun Arises (B'ee)
02 Day For Night (Gene Clark)
03 Clothes Of Sand (Nick Drake)
04 Good Feeling (Gordon Gano)
05 The Stag (Angelo Branduardi)
06 Blessed Wild Apple Girl (Marc Bolan)
07 Silver Dagger (Traditional)
08 Ballad Of Easy Rider (Roger McGuinn)
09 A Little Bit Of Rain (Fred Neil)
10 Houses (Elyse Weinberg)
11 Corners Of My Life (Pac, Rycroft, McClellan)
12 Tomorrow's Sun Sets (B'ee)

B'ee: renditions / arrangements
Sofie Kline: backing vocals (10)  
Gillian Hall: backing vocals (11)

Heather Comforto: cover patch
Méreau Woods: liner notes
Jacob Yvon-Leroux, Ron Walker: photography

Traditional & Cover Songs, Recorded January, February & March 
Released Spring Equinox 2010 

Limited edition, signed album in handmade packaging sold directly through B'eirth to help fund Birch Book's 2010 European tour.

Superb album as always, some great rendition of song we well know from the past time. 
Very recommended (even if low bitrate), not to be missed this one!

Silver Dagger version is most beautiful ever!!!

Especially to my friend Kontaminacija!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Fern Knight - Live at WFMU - 2008

Quality: CBR 256 kbps + custom cover by me
Label: Not On Label - WFMU Radio Broadcast

01 Silver Fox
02 untitled
03 Lach Na Fooey
04 Synge's Chair
05 Epitaph
06 Magpie Suite

Live performance by Fern Knight at WFMU on Irene Trudel's Show on June 02 2008:

James Wolf: violin,
Jesse Sparhawk: harp, bass,
Margie Wienk: vocals, cello, acoustic guitar,
Jim Ayre: drums, Flying V

Engineer: Irene Trudel

On Fern Knight's new self-titled album, the listener is engulfed in imagery of pastoral scenes of folkloric greenery and of an earlier mystical age. Fern Knight is a they, not a she, a quartet bring fronted by the lovely voice of Margie Wienk.
As they describe it, "The calm surface of harp, cello and violin are juxtaposed against the perfectly timed distorted squalls of a Flying V with the grounding blanket of electric bass underneath."

Here is the full (~42min) live performance by Fern Knight at WFMU, included all 6 tracks, not usual 5 (which will find on the web).

This is absolutely fantastic rendition of song, minimalistic, raw and very powerfull, especialy Epitph (King Crimson cover) have so much more beauty than studio version on the album.

Fern Knight - Blithewold EP - 2005

Quality: CBR 192 kbps
Label: Not On Label - Self-released, CD-r Limited Edition

01 Theme From: The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (Morricone)
02 Give Me Your Hand (Wienk)
03 The Summer Day Reflection Song (Donovan)
04 Eulogy To Lenny Bruce (Hardin)
05 Pearl's Dream (Schumann)
06 Piume Di Cristallo - Reprise

Recorded at home by Margie Wienk

Alec K. Redfearn: accordion, vocals
Orion Rigel Dommisse: harmonium
Steve Jobe: hurdy gurdy
Margie Wienk: guitar, cello, vocals, bells, percussion, vibraphone (metallophone)

There is some very interesting covers, very good EP (and rare too).

Big thanks to my friend Rick for this EP.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fern Knight - Castings - 2010

Quality: CBR 320 kbps
Label: VHF Records, VHF 122, US / LP VHF 122 Limited Edition, US

01 From Zero To Infinty
02 The Poisoner
03 Pentacles
04 Long Dark Century
05 Cave Of Swords
06 Cups And Wands
07 The Eye Of The Queen
08 Epitaph (written-by King Crimson)
09 Crumbling Stairs

Jim Ayre: electric guitar, drums, percussion, vocals
Jesse Sparhawk: harp, bass, drums, electric guitar, vocals
James Wolf: violin
Margaret Ayre: vocals, cello, acoustic guitar

Released in a Digipak.
Producer: Jim Ayre, Margaret Ayre
Recorded By: Jim Ayre
Written By: Margaret Ayre

Fern Knight - Fern Knight - 2008

Quality: CBR 320 kbps
Label: VHF Records, VHF 110, US

01 Bemused
02 Silver Fox
03 Sundew
04 Loch Na Fooey
05 Hawk Mountain
06 Synge's Chair
     Magpie Suite:
07 Prelude
08 Part II
09 Part III

Jim Ayre: electric guitar (Flying V), drums, percussion
Jesse Sparhawk: harp, bass (electric bass)
James Wolf: violin
Margaret Wienk: vocals (singing), acoustic guitar, cello, double bass, harmonium, triangle, synthesizer (Arp Odyssey), metallophone, written-by (all songs), producer
Gillian Chadwick: backing vocals (07), choir (Boys' Choir) (09)
Orion Rigel Dommisse: backing vocals (07), choir (Boys' Choir) (09)
Greg Weeks: backing vocals, drums, synthesizer (Arp Odyssey) (07), recorder (08), electric guitar (09)

Recorded by Greg Weeks, at Hexham Head, Philadelphia, PA
Photos by Alissa Anderson ©2007

Thanks to:
Ex Reverie, Jack Rose, A Fine Tooth, The Big Huge, Greg Weeks, Orion Rigel Dommisse, Arborea, Silver Summit, Moutain Home, Berry and Maurice at VPRO, Irene Trudel, David Garland, Ed Hardy at Eclipse, Alissa Anderson, Brooke Sietinsons, Howard and Amy Wuelfing, Katt Hernandez, Helena Espvall, Jay and
Joanne Eisenberg, Sam Cusumano, Julia Hebner, Lord Whimsy, Mark Schoneveld, The Honeymoon Compound and our families and friends.

Fern Knight - Music For Witches And Alchemists - 2006

Quality: CBR 320 kbps
Label: CD - VHF Records, VHF 101, US / LP - Eclipse Records, ECL-057, US

01 Song For Ireland
02 Awake, Angel Snake
03 W. Memphis
04 Murder Of Crows
05 Lintworme, Pt. I
06 Marble Grey
07 Shingle River
08 The Dirty South
09 Summer Of Throg
10 What The Crows Left Behind
11 Lullaby

Alec K. Redfearn: accordion
Otto Hauser: drums, percussion
Orion Rigel Dommisse: harmonium, synthesizer
Jesse Sparhawk: harp
Christine Saraullo: saw
Meg Baird: vocals
Margie Wienk: vocals, guitar, cello, bells, triangle, producer, written & lyrics by
Greg Weeks: vocals, recorded by

CD comes in a digifolder.
LP Hand-numbered, limited to 800 copies.

Fern Knight - Seven Years Of Severed Limbs - 2003

Quality: CBR 320 kbps
Label: Not On Label (self-released) UK,EU,US / Normal, NORMAL 246 CD, Germany

01 She Who Was So Precious To You
02 If I Could Write A Book About You
03 Wolf I
04 Theme
05 Kingdom
06 Wolf II
07 Chelyabinsk
08 Boxing Day
09 Mover Ghost / Mark The Days Off On Your Wall
10 Sunday Afternoons
11 Dog Named Summer

Mike Corcoran: guitar, backing vocals, violin, steel guitar (lap)
Margie Wienk: vocals, guitar, cello, double bass (upright bass), piano, electric piano (Fender Rhodes), percussion (mallet), drums (08)
Joel Thibodeau: drums (01,11)
Alec K. Redfearn: accordion (05,07)

Recorded and mixed between 1999 and 2002. Mastered at Peerless Mastering.

Margaret Ayre / Margie Wienk

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