Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll | Beneath the Black Tree

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Beneath the Black Tree

by Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll

A beautifully crafted album of tunes and songs from the English fiddle tradition, infused with atmosphere and passion.
Genre: Folk: British Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Antimacassar
4:16 $0.99
2. Edward
4:03 $0.99
3. George Watson's Hornpipe
4:17 $0.99
4. Barnstaple to Umberleigh
4:13 $0.99
5. Benjamin Bowmaneer
4:48 $0.99
6. A Trip to Marrowbone
5:28 $0.99
7. Coronation Day
2:57 $0.99
8. The Robber
3:52 $0.99
9. The King of Poland
5:13 $0.99
10. Flying Fishes
4:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll are musicians, composers and workshop leaders from North Devon. They first collaborated as a fiddle duo on a busking trip around Spain and Portugal. Since then, they have made a strong impact on the British folk scene and received national and international radio play.

Their passion for English traditional music and the violin has led to the development of their unique style. Becki's melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with Nick's driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound.

"...lovely, inventive playing" - fRoots

The duo's compositions and their interpretations of traditional English tunes and songs are influenced by a wide range of musical cultures: "We are inspired by the people we meet and the places we've been. We like the idea of a global approach to the English tradition."

" ...passionate musicality and distinctive presence." - the Living Tradition

As well as performing, Nick & Becki's work varies from recording symphonic string arrangements for the Angel Brothers to running community group 'The Folk Orchestra of North Devon' for Wren Music.

"...a superb advert for English music" - the Folk Mag



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Sean Harrison

Beneath The Black Tree
It’s been three years since the release of their last album, so what’s been happening to the music of this fiddle duo?

The album opens with their joint composition ‘The Antimacassar’. The characteristic driving choppy fiddle chords and sinuous melodic playing are there, as you’d expect. Sonically though this recording is a leap forwards from The Calling with a much greater sense of space to the production and an over all richer tone.

Surprise number one comes with the second track ‘Edward’, a traditional ballad. Yep, there’s singing on this one. And some gorgeous double bass from Andy Seward.

The whole work benefits from an expanded sonic palette, apart from Andy Seward’s work, Nick and Becki play viola, glockenspiel, harmonium, djembe and chair. Keith Angel adds percussion and Ellen Driscoll plays french horn. This comes together triumphantly on ‘Benjamin Bowmaneer’, a barn-storming version of the traditional song in which the Muscle Shoals Horn Section meet English Folk Music and find a way forwards.

Fans of more traditional folk forms are in for a treat with a plangent introduction to ‘A Trip to Marrowbone’ leading into a virtuoso display of musicianship which never loses sight of the core of the tune.

It’s tempting to go through the whole album track by track as there isn’t a single piece that isn’t a gem, However, in the words of Frank Zappa ‘Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.’ Go out and buy it. And listen to it repeatedly, preferably in the company of other people so that you can have all the ‘Did you hear what they did there?’ and ‘But I really like…’ conversations. And just the bits where you go ‘Wow’.

If you don’t find something to love on this album then I’m afraid that you don’t really like music. Your life would be poorer without a copy. Get out there and buy it. And then pester them to record another album soon.