Winner "Honours" from "The Storytelling World Awards" 2008
Tap into a deeper, more ancient rhythm as award-winning storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong draws you into the rich realm of story. This sumptuously recorded album encompasses both original and traditional tales and features eight acoustic instruments.
Goldenheart, is an original tale of a man who finds feelings too painful. So, like Davey Jones, he throws his heart in a tin. But Goldenheart’s heart finds its way back to him. It has been the third most listened to track on one of America’s biggest storytelling sites, www.storyteller.net for years.
In The Wife of Bath’s Tale, from Chaucer’s medieval Canterbury Tales, a young knight must answer on pain of death, the question “What is it that mortal women most desire?” Will the answer he discovers save his neck? A tale of mystery, enchantment and redemption.
In the chilling open-ended ballad Mr Fox, we meet Bluebeard, or is he the devil? Or an inner devil? Will Mary grasp her hearts desire and escape? Will we?
In King Willy, there are magical girdles and horses manes hung with silver bells offered as exchange for the birth of a beloved baby. In The Fisherman’s Baby, a freak storm separates a baby from his young father. But help will come from a surprising source.
The album has been sumptuously recorded at Nomad Digital, with meticulous attention to detail. Weaving behind and between these stories and ballads are delicate medieval vocal harmonies and drones, renaissance recorders, medieval fiddle, flute, lute, lyre, concertina, harp and bells.
In this hectic, modern age, stories can help us to calm our exhausted minds and unwind. Folktales and myths can help us go within and slow down, to tap into a deeper, more ancient rythmn. Most of the tracks on this album contain plots and themes specific to the adult journey.
For children’s stories, check out Jenni’s other award-winning storytelling albums in The Story Tree Series:
"The Story Tree and other nature tales"; “The Mermaid’s Shoes and other enchanted tales” and “Molly Whuppie and other wonder tales”, as well as the rollicking stories, riddles and songs from The Story Tree's own pirate: "The Troo Adventures of Salty Pete the Pirate".