George Stevens | A Toad in the Hand

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A Toad in the Hand

by George Stevens

Instrumental folk / world / acoustic grooves based around English border pipes and bouzouki. The emphasis is strongly on rhythm. ''Unique style ... fine virtuosic showcase ... absorbing, intriguing, stunningly captivating'' say reviewers.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Age of Empires (feat. Mick Mepham)
5:33 album only
2. Lament for the Lost
3:15 album only
3. Two Camels (feat. Mick Mepham)
4:40 album only
4. Polesworth Abbey
3:43 album only
5. Grasshopper's Lament (feat. Mick Mepham)
3:30 album only
6. Gallows Birds
4:06 album only
7. Flint and Steel (feat. Jennifer Bennett)
4:13 album only
8. Sasha's Wedding (feat. Jennifer Bennett, Simon Raine)
4:41 album only
9. Mayfly (feat. Mick Mepham)
5:06 album only
10. Shadows and Dust
4:04 album only
11. Four Tree Hillock (Tribal Version)
6:39 album only
12. The Ryton Ruse (Club Mix)
3:37 album only


Album Notes
The Album 'A Toad in the Hand' has been described online as perhaps ''a Tubular Bells concept for folk music? ''
This is of course for you, the listener, to decide. It is the culmination of about thirty years of listening to and playing many different forms of music ( they all have something to offer) from Early music to rock, jazz, reggae, Celtic and European folk, clasical etc.
Influences of all these forms may be detected on this cd but it is essentially an extension of where I'm at now, given the featured instruments, the manner in which they are tuned and consequently what this offers for composition.
Rhythm is my roots and this underpins most of the music on 'A Toad in the Hand' my opinion it is the cornerstone and starting point of all composition, and for me, often directs how the music will pan out.
During my time studying historical instrument making at Uni during the early 1990s, I bought an open tuned bouzouki which, tuned thus, gives a unique oportunity to play mixtures of melody and accompaniments with often a very modal feel. In more recent years I decide to try playing ethnic English and European bagpipes, their music, particularly for European dance, was something I'd been interested in for years and I've taken to this with great enthusiasm.
No Highland pipes here! On the cd you'll hear English border pipes and also German 'hummelchen' on one track; instruments which really are equally at home playing solo as accompanied by the modal strings and rumbling percussion.
Add in some other choice offerings from bass, guitars, violin and hurdy gurdy and what you get is a unique and exciting mix of new music.....there's even a totally different spin as a surprise at the end, just a bit of fun.
So come and dive in ...I'm sure you will enjoy it!
I also specialise in making the early instruments mentioned above, which number well over two hundred now. You'll find my website about this online, please visit if you are interested.



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