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All Under the Sun

All Under the Sun Steve Tilston & Maggie Boyle

1996 ~ Flying Fish FF663

Tracklist:
01 Let Your Banjo Ring 4:21
02 The Maid with the Bonny Brown Hair 4:56
03 Here’s to Tom Paine 4:42
04 Fair Annie 6:52
05 Man Gone Down (Fred’s Song) 3:30
06 Linden Lea 4:11
07 The Cage 2:52
08 The Navvy 3:25
09 Dark Days of War 3:54
10 Willie the Ploughboy 4:04
11 The Threepenny Bit 2:20
12 A Fool Such As I 3:00
     

Tracks 1, 3, 5, 9 Steve Tilston;
Tracks 2, 4, 10 trad.;
Track 6 words William Barnes, music Ralph Vaughan Williams;
Track 7 James Hill;
Track 8 words Patrick MacGill, music Maggie Boyle;
Track 11 Maggie Boyle;
Track 12 William Trader

 

Musicians

Steve Tilston, vocals [1, 3 ,5, 9, 12], acoustic guitar [1-5, 7-10, 12], guitar [6, 11];
Maggie Boyle, vocals [1-2, 4-6, 8-10, 12], harmony vocals [3], bodhrán [1, 4-5], flute [2, 4, 6-7, 9-11];
Maartin Allcock, 12-string guitar [1], double bass [1, 4-5, 7], bouzar [3-5, 7], piano [4, 6], bass vocal [5];
Tony Hinnigan, charango [1], cello [3, 6, 8-9];
Mike Hockenhull, 5-string banjo [1, 4];
Richard Curran, violin [2-3, 9];
Dave Mattacks, drum [2-3, 12], percussion [2, 5];
Dave Pegg, acoustic bass guitar [2-3, 12]

 

Recorded at Woodworm Studios, Barford St. Michael, Oxon, England;
Engineered by Mark Tucker;
Produced by Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle;
Photography by Bryan Ledgard;
Design by mooremoscowitz;
Notes by Mel Howley

 

Album Review
This is a wonderful collection of articulate Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle songs and traditional pieces. All Under the Sun is deftly performed on acoustic instruments to accentuate Tilston’s skilled fingerpicking, Boyle’s rich and expressive Irish voice, and their collective thoughtful songwriting. It also boasts the services of Fairport Convention bassist Dave Pegg, multi-instrumentalist Maartin Allcock, and percussionist Dave Mattacks along with Tony Hinnigan, whose cello and charango adds welcome layering to the sometimes sparsely arranged music. Boyle also demonstrates her command of the Irish flute on several selections, but her duet with Tilston (guitar) on “The Threepenny Bit” is particularly noteworthy. Tilston’s “Here’s to Tom Paine,” which was later covered by Fairport on Who Knows Where the Time Goes?, makes its debut here. In a surprising twist they conclude the album with the oft-covered country-pop number “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I.”

More reviews:
Review at acousticmusic.com