Friday, July 13, 2007

Band Of Holy Joy - More Favourite Fairytales ( Cassette ) (Pleasantly Surprised 1984 )

Formed in London by Newcastle singer/lyricist Johnny Brown, the Band of Holy Joy was something of a theatrical English analogue to Poi Dog Pondering: a large and loose ensemble of varied semi-acoustic instrumentation (fiddle, accordion, harmonium, piano, trombone) that created idiosyncratic music in a number of nostalgic traditions. With nods to folk, cabaret, busking and literature, the group's records are emotional and articulate, using tasteful understatement and rustic simplicity to sell songs with unpredictably offbeat lyrical concerns. This is their first ever release on cassette in 1984.

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