Wendy Arrowsmith | Now Then?

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Now Then?

by Wendy Arrowsmith

Beautifully sung traditional, self-penned and contemporary folk songs rooted in the Scottish tradition and influenced by the world from this award winning songwriter.
Genre: Folk: British Folk
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1. The Visitor
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2. The Great Silkie
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3. The Rowan Tree
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4. MacPherson's Farewell
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5. To Be A Soldier
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6. The Loch Tay Boat Song
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7. Dream Angus
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8. Fish Guttin' Lassie
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9. Are we Nearly There Yet?
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10. The Whole Wide World
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11. Smile In Your Sleep
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12. She Moved Through The Fair
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13. Skipio
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland and now based in North Yorkshire I am influenced by the history and folk of both of these as well as music from further afield. The songs I love to sing come from a wide range of sources - some written by me, some are traditional Scottish and Irish ones which I’ve known since very young and others are American. My tribute to the Whitby Lifeboat crew who saved all on board “The Visitor” in 1881 off the shore at Robin Hood’s Bay is going down a storm (no pun intended!) at local N Yorkshire folk clubs. Yes, it’s a folk song with a happy ending !

“Now Then?”... I spent several days in the studio in Leyburn in April 2007. The album is now available, with 13 tracks - 5 tracks are originals and the remainder predominantly traditional. Jon Bunce is on fiddle, and Liam Haicead plays Uilleann pipes, with Paul Arrowsmith (the other half) providing some banjo too! A huge thank you to Rod Baxter for his engineering and recording expertise at The Cabin Room, Leyburn (and his lovely fisherman style backing vox with Paul on "The Visitor"!

Review of Saltburn Folk Festival by Pete Betts (Main stage M.C.) on MudCat Cafe: "Songwriter competition won by a young lady - Wendy Arrowsmith - tremendous song and what a voice and performance .I think we're destined to hear more of her voice and guitar - brilliant singer - a gem."


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Resonator Ghost

Tradition and Invention
This beautiful collection of folk music from the North Yorkshire-based artist Wendy Arrowsmith opens not with a traditional tune, but one that is destined to become one. In 1881 the brig "Visitor" ran aground in Robin's Hood Bay, North Yorkshire. It happened during a time of high winds and seas with snow drifts on the land reaching as high as seven feet. "The Visitor", a heroic ballad written by Wendy Arrowsmith captures the spirit of the courageous rescue better than any prose narrative can hope to do. A haunting banjo counterpoint accompanies her exceptional voice as the tale plays out in song. This is the perfect song to introduce the pleasures that lie ahead.
The next song "The Great Silkie" and five more songs are traditonal songs, two of them, including "The Great Silkie" are enhanced by the Uilleann pipes of Liam Haicead. The ensemble of fine musicians, all named in the CD notes above, come together in these recordings in a synergy that makes the traditonal songs sound new. It would be a wonderful treat to see Wendy Arrowsmith and her ensemble perform live, but for those of us who can't, this CD is a gift from the artist.

Steve Bailey

A Wonderful Debut
Scottish born Wendy Arrowsmith's debut release "Now Then ?" is a combination time and travel machine, loaded with the 13 beautiful tracks, some traditional Scottish & Irish, some self penned by Wendy. All of which are ready to take you away---all one needs is to close your eyes and listen and you will find yourself in
a time long ago, or a place, I for one long to be
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Track one, the self penned "The Visitor" is the absolute stand out on this album, close your eyes and you will feel as if you are there in 1881. Other standouts include "The Great Silkie", "Mac Pherson's Farewell", "The Loch Tay Boat Song", "Dream Angus", "Smile In Your Sleep", "She Moved Through The Fair", and "Skipio". Track after track on "Now Then ?" stand ready to take you to a special place and time


My American ears have Irish and Scottish roots, I am not sure how much but I do know this, when I listen to Wendy Arrowsmith's "Now Then?" I feel's as if I am home.