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Justice of the Rowan
This is the 3rd CD release by this Suffolk- based folk rock duo (Scott Dolling, flute, guitar & vocals and David Stainer, guitar, mandolin and vocals). Like their previous work – Tudor Rose (2011) and Broadside & Mayhem (2013) – this latest CD features original songs in Silbury Hill’s characteristic style drawing inspiration from local and historic themes.
A notable development, however is that several tracks feature guest musicians, creating a more textured sound than their previous projects. The opening track Death in the Village, for example, clips along in a rock tempo quite removed from previous Silbury Hill arrangements. Other original songs include This Noble Man, which reflects on the first world war’s destruction through the eyes of a young (local) villager, Swift which looks at life, love and the changing seasons symbolised by the migratory bird, whilst Plein D’espoir is a Focus-style instrumental.
The album also features covers of traditional songs including Matty Groves, an evergreen favourite of the Silbury Hill live set, along with Step it Out Mary, a jaunty Irish song which producer, Peter Corp, has given a distinctive 60’s feel. The title, Justice of the Rowan, comes from the old superstition that the Rowan tree kept evil spirits away, whilst artwork for the album was created by Suffolk artist Sharon Teague (Outflux Ar”).
Justice of the Rowan was recorded in Suffolk by Peter Corp at his Owl Studios so the whole package is truly a thoroughbred Suffolk product. Silbury Hill are playing a number of concerts locally to promote the new CD (as well as playing some old favourites) including the Moon & Mushroom (Swilland) on 7th May and the Sailing Barge Victor (Ipswich Waterfront) on 27th May plus further dates in the summer. Further information about Silbury Hill, their concerts and recordings can be found at www.silburyhill.net or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their CDs are available at their concerts, from the website, and from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre.
Tracks : Death In the Village/Swift/Matty Groves/This Mobile Man/The Smiling Face Of War/Plein d’espoit/Rolling Again/My Son David/Step It Out Mary/Rolling Return/Witchfinder/His Smiling Face Remembered
Musicians : Scott Dolling and David Stainer with guests Peter Corp, Ben Corp, Dave Rushton, Graham Cunliffe and Kacie and Eliker Edwards