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Lindsay Straw | The Fairest Flower of Womankind

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The Fairest Flower of Womankind

by Lindsay Straw

Tales of feminine triumph and ingenuity from the British folk song tradition, freshly arranged in guitar and bouzouki-centric settings with fiddle, accordion, concertina, harmonica, and harmonium.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Forester
5:30 $0.99
2. The Maid on the Shore
5:00 $0.99
3. The Female Rambling Sailor
4:56 $0.99
4. Basket of Eggs
3:34 $0.99
5. Fair Annie
6:50 $0.99
6. Geordie
4:44 $0.99
7. Young Beichan, Pt. One
6:44 $0.99
8. Young Beichan, Pt. Two
5:04 $0.99
9. The Outlandish Knight
3:45 $0.99
10. The Crafty Maid's Policy / Fingal's Cave (Strathspey) /Sheepskins & Beeswax (Reel)
5:10 $0.99
11. William Taylor
4:49 $0.99
12. Sweet Lovely Joan
3:51 $0.99
13. Blow Away the Morning Dew
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Album Notes
Ballads have been a source of inspiration for Lindsay Straw since her childhood in Montana, but she truly grew into the art while studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There she began to tie together the threads of the traditions she was most passionate about: English, Scottish, Irish and American songcraft. She also founded a young Celtic trad band at the college, The Ivy Leaf, which she draws from to fill out the music on her new album, "The Fairest Flower of Womankind". In addition to her own sensitive, agile accompaniment on guitar and bouzouki, Straw is joined by members of The Ivy Leaf, Daniel Accardi (fiddle, accordion), Armand Aromin (fiddle), and Benedict Gagliardi (concertina, harmonica), plus renowned Maine guitarist Owen Marshall (The Press Gang). Throughout, Straw’s tender vocals and careful arrangements draw out the inner depths of these old songs, telling tales of women from beyond the ages. A ballad needs commitment to be told, a belief in the importance of its story. Straw proves that these stories ring with inspiration even today.

"A voice! By turns husky and sultry, clear and bright, controlled and dreamy; with hints of Cara Dillon and Geraldine Hollett, Lindsay Straw’s beautiful voice shines out in this delightful debut album." - The Living Tradition



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