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Courting Autumn

by Pamela Wyn Shannon

Pastoral Folk. Courting Autumn was recorded largely by Pamela on her own throughout New England and is a rustic almanac of autumnal songs burnished with a melancholy mood, wistful vocals, and delicate hand-spun guitar playing.
Genre: Folk: Psych-folk
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1. O Bittersweet Dear Madeline
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2. Tis Rambletide In Ambleside
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3. Courting Autumn
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4. Woolgathering
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5. Ca' The Yowes
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6. September's Way
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7. Pipkin
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8. Michaelmastide
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9. Netherworld
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10. Vespertine Autumn
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11. Cold Blows The Wind
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12. Fare-Thee-Forlorn
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This 2nd edition is an eco gate-fold wallet (think mini double-lp) and included is a booklet with lyrics and photos.


"In much needed times, there comes a CD, which you realize at the very first note, that pure beauty still exists. There are echos of Vashti Bunyan, Nick Drake, Pentangle and Bridget St. John. Courting Autumn is a melancholic and mystic masterwork. Brilliant!"
- HEAVEN Magazine(The Netherlands)



"Pamela’s performing style is enchanting: she has an attractive singing voice, sensitive and responsive, seductively sweet-toned... Pamela’s voice is brilliantly complemented by her well-developed guitar playing, which is at the same time deftly intricate and hauntingly full-toned. She also has an acute ear for colouristic arrangement, conjuring some rich and uncannily persuasive chamber-folk tapestries...The combination of unusual instrumental detail and finely-honed poetic imagery provides some stop-you-in-your-tracks, neck-pricklinghighlights... All told, this is a very special, seriously beautiful album, which also has the measure of a personal artistic statement: one of considerable power, originality and vision. Serendipity’s a wonderful thing, and all’s well with the world after all…"

"An Absolutely Recommended Masterpiece!"
- Gerald van Waes, Psychdelic Folk Homestead (Belgium)

"Possessing a voice as sweet as a newly picked autumn apple and a beautiful finger-picking style to match, Pamela Wyn Shannon has created a faultless slice of folk magic that reveals new layers and textures with every listen...The more I listen to the album, the more I come to realise that it is this attention to detail that makes the album such a rewarding listen, the many layers of sound augmenting the songs with rare beauty, each song a flawless part of an impeccable whole...the magical “Pipkin”, one of the finest folk songs you will ever have the privilege to hear...a truly vintage album that all Terrascope readers should own."
- TERRASCOPE, Simon Lewis (UK)

"Pamela Wyn Shannon plays an interesting brand of pastoral, old world folk music. Calling on the traditions of Ireland and England, she crafts lushly orchestrated ballads deeply rooted in the natural world. Instrumentally, the album is quite impressive from start to finish."
-Foxy Digitalis

"Since the turn of 21st-century, American music has produced a surprising number of new, classically minded folk musicians. Unlike the sober workingman’s folk artists of the ’80s and ’90s, this new batch takes their inspiration from the starry-eyed, psychedelic music of the 1960s, all cosmic-minded bliss and submersion in the natural world. The reasons for this new movement are manifold, but most obvious among them are an overload with an increasingly corporate, mechanized, and war-mongering world. One of the least noted yet finest of these new folk musicians is the Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Pamela Wyn Shannon. Emerging from a background in ’90s rock, Shannon found herself increasingly drawn toward more twinkling, organic sounds in the new millennium. She soon developed a captivating, cyclical acoustic guitar technique and began writing and performing songs of timeless grace and beauty. Her sophomore album, Courting Autumn, is a wonderful place to begin as it presents her music in its most gratifying context to date.

The disc opens with lightly strummed acoustic guitar and a low airy flute, drawing into the song "O Bittersweet Dear Madeline." Singing a lifting, lolling melody that weaves in and out of her handpicked guitar lines, Shannon's voice is yearning and soft. Her lyrics sound as if they are plucked from another age and help transport the listener to a feathery, mystical realm: "O bittersweet dear Madeline, the bed straw is tangled in your hair / He flutters over your bright mouth, as you gently pull him to your lair." Some of her songs delve further into the spooky, otherworldly qualities she conjures. "Netherworld," for example, builds from beautiful, ominous guitar into a haunting, echoing refrain bolstered by swooping cello.

In addition to her original compositions, Shannon includes two traditional tunes that fit in as naturally as rain. Her rendition of the British folk ballad "Cold Blows the Wind" is especially affecting, with its light, chiming guitar lines spinning webs of feeling and regret behind the age-old tale of love lost and mourned. Whether she's tackling traditional tunes or her own originals, Shannon's music retains a constant, unifying vision. It speaks of a natural, free world, unfettered by the heavy constraints of the modern age, a beautiful place to be." - Daily OM

Since 2003, Wyn Shannon has lived a largely isolated pastoral life as a caretaker in various estates throughout New England and the United Kingdom . With portable recording equipment, she produced Courting Autumn. Her "studios" included an 18th century house museum, a 19th farmhouse and stable, tool sheds, cow barns, sheep farms, a Colonial piggery, and various privies. The album was mixed in Philadelphia by Producer/Engineer Brian McTear (Espers, Marissa Nadler), and comes complete with packaging which Wyn Shannon hand assembled herself.

Musician credits: Pamela Wyn Shannon (voice, guitars, banjo, dulcimer, psaltery, harmonium and percussion); Anna Patton (clarinet, penny whistle); Bill Shontz (recorders); Chris Hale (sitar); Ethan Hazard-Watkins (violin); Liz Knowles (violin, viola, cello); Michelle Kinney (cello) and Stephen Katz (cello).

Cover design by Gisele Zeitler.

Pamela Wyn Shannon's, Courting Autumn, is now available. The songs have an elliptical quality which creates its own timeframe, rules, and kingdoms, reminiscent of that magic found in UK '60s artifacts, Irish and Appalachian folk music. In August 2007, in advance of the album’s release, she played the Green Man Festival in Wales and performed live on BBC Radio One. She'll make a handful of American appearances to promote the album, and perform concerts in the UK late in the year, and early into 2008.

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Hans Jonkers, the Netherlands

When I received the CD I've played the music over and over on my new hifi-set. This is beautiful melancholic, sensible music, beyond compare.

Ronald de Hoogh

Courting Autumn
The pleasure with this album already starts with the package, which is very special and beautiful. The music is really perfect. I also have Pamela's first cd, but Courting Autumn surpasses it. Wonderful!


Autumn is a season that I've always loved. Very hard to explain why. Perhaps, like every owner of a tormented soul, an important thing since deadly addiction to music, has been to find the perfect record for each season. A bunch of things to keep in mind, befriending all your moods and visions. Courting Autumn by the great Pamela Wyn Shannon is just that. A very sweet trip in the country, looking at the falling leaves. With only the gloom to meet. But wih a voice so incredibly moving,and that astonishing songwriting, it's a four stars of a sadness. Long may you cure our ears.

Ruth Barrett

Courting Autumn
One of the most beautiful, evocative, and poetic collection of music I've heard in years. Blessings on your lovely autumn colored head! Thank you!

ewald spiss

Thanks for this great album!

Michael Kutapan

Thoroughly enjoyable listening pleasure.Many highlights throughout the album, everyone wil have their own but for me the title track and Ca'The Yowes stand out and also could go on. This really is an exceptional recording which I recommend to anyone.Music from deep within and without time and space.


Courting autumn
A beautiful cd... very pastoral..but with an unique sound (I remember when I heard Ann Briggs for the first time...something like this but totally different voice). Very warm voice, and beautiful melodies. Recommended...
The best folk cd I heard in years....


I saw her in concert in scotland , she was like an apparition from the forest , shy , fragile and strong at the same time and it was very moving...I love her cd ,I often will offer it !

Johan Loermans

Courting autumn
Beautiful sensitive music. Great fingerpicking and a soft and warm voice accompany stories of forests in fairytales. Netherworld and Pipkin are those rare songs from another world which touches my soul in another layer where I've never been before.

Leslie perkins

Courting Autumn
Great album, lovely voice, great musicianship.
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