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Album: Echo of Hooves
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bonnie James Campbell
2)    Duke of Athole's Nurse, The
3)    Battle of Otterburn, The
4)    Lord Maxwell's Last Goodnight
5)    Hughie Graeme
6)    Border Widow's Lament, The
7)    Fair Margaret and Sweet William
8)    Rare Willie
9)    Young Johnstone
10)    Cruel Mother, The
11)    Sir Patrick Spens
 

Album: Echo of Hooves
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bonnie James Campbell
2)    Duke of Athole's Nurse, The
3)    Battle of Otterburn, The
4)    Lord Maxwell's Last Goodnight
5)    Hughie Graeme
6)    Border Widow's Lament, The
7)    Fair Margaret and Sweet William
8)    Rare Willie
9)    Young Johnstone
10)    Cruel Mother, The
11)    Sir Patrick Spens
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: June Tabor (vocals); Martin Simpson (guitar); Mark Emerson (violin, viola, piano); Huw Warren (cello, accordion, piano); Kathyrn Tickett
  • (pipes); Tim Harries (acoustic bass).
  • Recorded in April & May 2003.
  • Personnel: Martin Simpson (guitar); Mark Emerson (violin, viola, piano); Huw Warren (cello, piano); Tim Harries (double bass).
  • Audio Mixers: Charlie Beresford; Ben Turner ; Mark Emerson.
  • Recording information: Lion Ballroom, Leominster, Herefordshire, England (04/2003-05/2003).
  • Author: June Tabor.
  • Editor: Robert Burns .
  • Photographer: John Haxby.
  • Arrangers: Huw Warren; June Tabor; Kathryn Tickell; Martin Simpson; Tim Harries ; Mark Emerson.
  • Listening to this, it's easy to believe that June Tabor was made to sing these old border ballads, tales of the uneasy coexistence of families in the marches between England and Scotland. Her dark voice is well-suited to the texts, which are often bloody and vengeful, and quite certainly epic -- in some respects, the very essence of British balladry, whether it's "The Battle of Otterburn," with its gloriously textured Kathryn Tickell arrangement, or the demanding "The Duke of Athole's Nurse," where Martin Simpson is reunited with Tabor, his guitar offering shining counterpoint to her voice. The songs, tried and tested over the centuries, are wonderful in themselves, but Tabor's presentation of them brings them fully to life, like "The Cruel Mother." Harrowing at the best of times, it becomes pure torment in her hands. And her "Sir Patrick Spens" makes the old Fairport Convention version sound like a playground romp. Intensity has always been one of Tabor's fortes, and here she takes full advantage of the opportunity to indulge it. While she's very good with other material, Tabor never sounds more at home than with traditional music, and on these ballads, in particular, she seems as if she's come home. A stunning jewel in a remarkable career, and one of the best things Tabor's ever released. ~ Chris Nickson
Professional Reviews
Uncut (1/04, p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[I]t's Tabor's dark voice, chilling and emotional, that brings these tragic, vengeful tales to life."

Dirty Linen (4/04, p.48) - "Often poignant and ultimately hopeful, BORROWED MOMENTS is the sort of well-grounded but outward-looking folk album that should be a rule rather than an exception."

Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.114) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Tabor goes back to traditional song and in one dramatic, spine-chilling album of Child ballads, blows all else out of the water....A harrowing stunner..."
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