In making “…from the roots” we have reached down into our tangled musical roots and used our intuitive musicianship to create our own unique arrangements of this selection of folk songs. We let the music grow and evolve naturally, using improvisation and memory rather than written music, to respond to the aural tradition of folk music.
With flute and guitar, the words of the songs are lost, but we have tried to retain their meaning in the textures and atmospheres of the music, conjuring up the spirit of the words, like the ghost of Molly Malone still selling her cockles and mussels on the streets of Dublin…
Like the best folk music, this record brings together the old and the new, and whilst we began with live takes of flute and guitar, we added overdubs of ourselves to create the widest range of colours to reflect the breadth of feeling, the light and shade, present in all folk music of the British Isles.
“a lovely, fresh surprise. The arrangements are very musical, the playing is wonderful …a gem of a recording” – Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia.com
“beautifully atmospheric … wonderfully authentic” – Rosamund Woodroffe, Bright Young Folk
“a very fine recording of some songs that we really should all know” – Ed Hamer, The Wharf