Rivers, Rushes, Rodents & Regicide: Songs & Tunes from the Leigh Folk Festival 2015
In a break with the pattern established over recent years, 2015’s audio release from the organisers of the Leigh Folk Festival is a 40 track download-only compilation.
As well as being a move with the times, this has enabled a far greater range of this year’s performers to contribute to the project, and greatly increases the accessibility of the music for the digital listener. Once again the collection is a wide-ranging foray across the folk, roots and experimental music terrain.
While previous releases have all been in the form of CDs (which are all available to purchase from our web shop here), this latest addition to the catalogue continues the trademark tradition of a carefully crafted artefact with a unique and always stimulating blend of music.
Since 2008 these compilations have been eagerly awaited by many festival regulars and have met with considerable acclaim, garnering excellent critiques in the music press and receiving many national radio plays. They function both as fundraisers and flag-wavers for the festival, as well as giving some deserved exposure for some of the Festival’s ever more diverse range of artists.
For those traditionalists who prefer to burn their digital music to a CD-r, this year’s edition comes adorned in another beautiful Dom Cooper designed, dark blue ‘digipak’ sleeve, and contains a veritable treasure trove of tracks from the 2015 roster.
Once again the title reflects some of the disparate subject matter of the contributions. Most of these have never been previously released, and many have been recorded specifically for the project. Contributors include Trembling Bells, Wizz Jones, the Big Eyes Family Players, Coal Porters, Oliver Cherer and many more, with the collection forming a diverse yet curiously cohesive selection of newly composed and traditional material.
The download will be available from the festival bandcamp page www.leighfolk.bandcamp.com, or click here from May 23. It retails at a mere £5, but with the provision for buyers to donate more to the Festival if they feel able. All the artists have generously donated their tracks at no cost, allowing all the profits to be ploughed straight back into next year’s festival.
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