Nelsons Wake | Ebb and Flow

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Ebb and Flow

by Nelsons Wake

British folk music; acoustic trio; original songs on a wide range of thought-provoking and moving subjects, with accompaniment on guitar, fiddle, viola, octave mandola and mandolin.
Genre: Folk: British Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Heartbeat of the Town
3:28 $0.99
2. The Itchen Ferry Lad
5:04 $0.99
3. Along the Way
3:52 $0.99
4. Woolston's Pride
3:51 $0.99
5. Mazey Days
3:25 $0.99
6. A Drink Now and Then
4:06 $0.99
7. The Morning Train
4:19 $0.99
8. 15th April 1912
4:39 $0.99
9. Soldier Boy
3:50 $0.99
10. Raise a Banner
2:49 $0.99
11. Living in a Shadow
4:06 $0.99
12. St Crispin's Day
3:25 $0.99
13. Ebb and Flow
4:01 $0.99
14. James and John
4:41 $0.99
15. Close the Door
2:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
British trio featuring acoustic duo Chris and Siobhan Nelson together with Barry Wake - i.e. 2 Nelsons and a Wake. The album features 15 songs written by Barry, on a wide range of themes (see notes below).


"...evocative songs... Gently imaginative arrangements, excellent solo and harmony singing, accomplished musicianship... A thoroughly charming release" (fRoots - CD review)

"The veritable song-writing talent of [Barry Wake]... [Siobhan's] utterly charming vocals... her voice at times exhibiting echoes of Maddy Prior... The instrumental accompaniment of Chris Nelson is always sympathetic to the material and a joy to listen to." (Mike Wilson, - CD review)

"[the album is] chock-full of true craftsmanship in the writing and partnered by responsive and abundantly sensitive musicianship... Just under half of the songs are sung by Siobhan, beautifully and expressively and with exemplary diction... ...a most attractive collection of classy and satisfying songs that richly deserve to be heard (and sung) more widely." (David Kidman, NetRhythms, CD Review)

"Spine-tingling vocals... complemented by sensitive fiddle and guitar arrangements.... A hard act to follow..." (Folk on Tap - concert review)


You will also find Chris and Siobhan Nelson's CD 'Day Has Dawned' here on CD Baby (follow the link below the sound clips on the left).


For more information about Chris and Siobhan, visit their website and their MySpace page. For more about Barry Wake, visit his MySpace page.



Heartbeat of the Town
...the rise and demise of shipbuilding in Woolston, Southampton - Lead vocal: Siobhan

The Itchen Ferry Lad
...a true story of cannibalism on the high seas - Lead vocal: Chris

Along the Way
...the D day landings in World War 2 - Lead vocal: Siobhan

Woolston's Pride appreciation of R.J. Mitchell, the designer of the Spitfire, who worked at the Supermarine works in Woolston, Southampton - Lead vocal: Barry

Mazey Days
...drunken crazy, celebrations by copper miners, to alleviate their harsh and short lives - Lead vocal: Siobhan

A Drink Now and Then
...Lead vocal: Chris

The Morning Train
...a song about being evacuated during World War 2 - Lead vocal: Siobhan

15th April 1912
...a tribute to the band who played on as the Titanic sank - Lead vocal: Barry

Soldier Boy
...a baptism of fire for a young lad who couldn't wait to 'sign up' - Lead vocal: Siobhan

Raise a Banner
...a universal plea for peace

St Crispin's Day
...Henry V, Agincourt, a murder plot at Itchen Ferry, Southampton - Lead vocal: Chris

Living in a Shadow
...the harsh reality of life in the Lancashire cotton industry - Lead vocal: Siobhan

Ebb and Flow
...Lead vocal: Barry

James and John
...a story of press ganging, set against the backdrop of the battle of Trafalgar - Lead vocal: Siobhan

Close the Door
...a farewell song!



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Shelley Rainey

A Delight!
A wonderful collection of songs, ranging from joyful, to poignant or even heartbreaking, but each one beautifully crafted.