Beck Siàn | Ye Olde Silent Inn

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Ye Olde Silent Inn

by Beck Siàn

Her third other-worldly album of Folk Noir - This is a stunning collection of ghost stories, vampire highwaymen and haunted inns out on windswept moors.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Wycoller Hall
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2. The Black Silk Handkerchief
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3. The Moon On the 13th
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4. Ye Olde Silent Inn
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5. Down in Yon Forest
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6. The Dark Stairs
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7. The Moors
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8. Lady of the Wind
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9. Molly Malone
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10. The Old Clock On the Stairs
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11. Her Soul to a Highwayman
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12. Top Withens
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13. Tales of a Wayside Inn
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14. The Mirror in the Deserted Hall
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Beck Siàn's third full-length CD, 'Ye Olde Silent Inn' is filled with ghost stories, vampire highwaymen and haunted inns out on windswept moors. Featuring guest artists John Carder Bush and Raven Bush (brother and nephew of Kate Bush), Chris Gill (Band of Rain) and Whalebone.

Beautiful, ethereal Folk Noir. Beck Siàn plays acoustic guitar and sings; her clear haunting soprano sometimes redolent of Kate Bush (to whom Beck is related, and whom Beck acknowledges as a creative influence), Mary Hopkins, Loreena McKennitt, Karen Matheson.



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Andrew Shaw

Review of Ye Olde Silent Inn
The third full-length CD from Beck Sian “Ye Olde Silent Inn” will delight and amaze her fans and followers whilst winning her many new ones.

Inspired by Beck’s visits to that inn, near the village of Stanbury near Haworth in West Yorkshire, the album marks her move into what she terms “haunted and enchanting folk noir” with an enthralling mix of stories and influences – haunted houses, windy moors, spooky moonlit walks, highwaymen, moths, ghostly inns, ruined halls and creaking staircases to name a few.

The album sounds darker than her previous works, but there is also perhaps more coherence here in Beck’s talent for creating evocative melodies and lyrics which she seamlessly weaves into the soundscapes that form the album.

Beck’s vocal range and power is showcased and lovers of traditional folk songs will delight in her re-interpretation of “Molly Malone”, sung unaccompanied amongst distant ghostly echoes of church bells, street traders and horses. “Down in Yon Forest” will particularly delight fans of Beck’s first album “Unfurling” with its ghostly cries from the ruined hall in the woods.

However, Beck has also gained a reputation for experimentation. In “Top Withens”, one of her few instrumentals, Beck uses her voice as an instrument in itself to depict the howling winds on the moors. These techniques are also used to great effect on “Lady Of The Wind”, a poem written and narrated by John Carder Bush and set to Beck’s music. The track also features his son Raven Bush, who contributes beautifully sensitive violin motifs.

One of the most atmospheric songs on the album is “The Moon On The 13th“, remarkably improvised during an otherwise unproductive session with co-producer and engineer Steve Palmer.

Once again, Chris Gill makes stunning instrumental contributions on four songs, most notably in the opening bars of “The Moors” - perfectly capturing the spirit of the countryside around Haworth and the Plas Teg inspired “The Dark Stairs”. These tracks are the perhaps the most rock-inspired songs Beck has recorded to date – in interviews she has cited the influence of heavy metal bands from her childhood.

Whalebone make a hypnotic, mesmerising contribution to “The Old Clock On The Stairs” with their unique blend of guitar and fiddle and together with “Tales Of A Wayside Inn” are perhaps the most catchy songs on the album.

Beck writes in a very visual way. I have had lots of fun in forming my own mental images from the songs and the album well rewards repeated listening. This is an album from the heart and one to treasure.