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Five Shillings, Three Bushels of Corn and a Milchgoat

by Cakes and Ale

Cakes and Ale weave broken rhythms, sleepy harmonies and tall tales into English folk music.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. The Wind and the Rain
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2. Squatter's Rights
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3:34 $1.50
3. Tralfamadore
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3:33 $1.50
4. The Gleaners
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3:01 $1.50
5. Why Does Everybody Hate Lorraine?
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3:06 $1.50
6. Hey Ho
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1:23 $1.50
7. The Bluesy One
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2:57 $1.50
8. Five Rubles Three Bushels of Corn and a Milchgoat
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3:08 $1.50
9. Where's My Eyes
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4:35 $1.50
10. Manners Maketh the Man
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4:57 $1.50
11. Song #38
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5:16 $1.50
12. Last of the Summer Wine
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3:55 $1.50
13. The Show Goes On
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2:03 $1.50
14. Human Remains
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4:43 $1.50
15. Painting the Roses
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16. Reaper Man
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Album Notes


“ Beautiful playing, fine tunes, simple inviting evocative words… they’ve a sense of fun, a touch of wickedness… Modern life and folk and timeless traditions and everything good here.” The Organ

" Imagine a Shakespearian court band backing Robert Johnson while members of the Incredible String Band and Klezmer musicians join in... a collective tour de force of a folk outfit..." Triangle

‘One of the most exciting live bands I have seen’ Subba-Cultcha

Cakes and Ale met in Norwich in 2007 and started playing in living rooms, on street corners and at pagan weddings. In 2010 they went on a busking adventure across Europe and in the summers to follow played a number of British festivals.

They released their debut album ‘Five Shillings, Three Bushels of Corn and a Milchgoat’, recorded with Jonny Cole-Matthews at The Mill Studio, in December 2011 with help from Arts Council England.

The band moved from Norwich in Summer 2012 and are now based between London and Bristol. Some members moved on to other projects whilst Ruth, Ed and Bertie continued playing together with new recruit, Neil.

This album features:

Jasper Taylor: vocals, guitar, mandolin
Ed Harkness, vocals, tenor guitar, saw, double bass
Bertie Playle: piano, accordion, vocals, guitar, violin
Ruth Gordon: vocals, guitar, banjo, flute, bottles
Chris Densham: bass, vocals, piano, moustache
Jeff Dale: frame drum, darbouka
Connor Whyte-Jones: drum kit

Song Credits:

The Wind and the Rain
Words: Shakespeare, Music: Ruth Gordon and Jasper Taylor

Squatter's Rights: Ruth Gordon

Tralfamadore: Ed Harkness

The Gleaners: Ed Harkness

Why Does Everybody Hate Lorraine?: Jasper Taylor

Hey Ho: is an ancient traditional round

The Bluesy One: Jasper Taylor

Five Rubles, Three Bushels of Corn and a Milchgoat: Bertie Playle

Where's My Eyes: Bertie Playle

Manners Maketh the Man: Ed Harkness

Song #38: Jasper Taylor

Last of the Summer Wine: Ed Harkness

The Show Goes On: Ruth Gordon

Human Remains: Ed Harkness

Painting the Roses: Ed Harkness

Reaper Man: Jasper Taylor

Thanks to all the Norwich folk who have supported us and especially to Jonny Cole-Matthews at the Mill Studios in Norfolk where we made the record. Thanks to the Arts Council and to the Escalator Team at Norwich Arts Centre. Thanks to friends and family and listeners further afield.



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