Blood n guts folk from the Anglo-American duo. Searing harmonies and sparse, vital instrumentation breath new life into timeless tales of love, loss and death. Originally released to critical acclaim by No-Fi Recordings and then reissued by MIE Music in 2011, Dumb Supper is by all means one of the most interesting and exciting revivalist recording of traditional songs we've heard in years. Cath and Phil believe in folk retaining its original storytelling function, so all the songs on the album are adaptations of songs they have unearthed or which have been passed on to them through family members, musical collaborators, and their own love of the original information highway - folk music. If you missed the physical, snap this up and get yourselves down to see them here this Thursday.
“Dumb Supper is one of those rare modern folk albums that will find a home in both the longstanding ‘traditional’ music community and among those attracted to the form’s more experimental and lo-fi possibilities….It’s a weird looking-glass effect many folk fans will be familiar with: the straighter you play it, the stranger it gets…Shirley Collins always understood this and so do Cath & Phil Tyler.” – Frances Morgan, Plan B Magazine
All songs traditional except:
Farewell My Friends & Morning - adapted from Sacred Harp.
Death of Queen Jane - Words trad. Music Tyler
Yellowhammer - Tyler
Dewdrop - Words trad. Music Tyler
Wild Stormy Deep - by Homer Cornett
Slumber Boats - by Alice Riley/Jessie Gaynor
Recorded at Summerhill Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne in the first half of 2007. Arranged by Cath and Phil Tyler. Artwork by Jim Oss. Produced by Andrew Hodson.
Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC
1. Wether's Skin - 4:29
2. Queen Sally - 3:18
3. Fisherman's Girl - 3:25
4. Farewell My Friends - 3:34
5. Death of Queen Jane - 3:29
6. Yellowhammer - 2:04
7. Devil Song - 3:53
8. 1000 Years - 4:06
9. False True Love - 3:53
10. Dewdrop - 3:02
11. Morning - 3:44
12. Slumber Boats (Baby's Boats) - 2:56
13. Wild Stomy Deep - 4:58
Cath & Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. Cath was a member of the band Cordelia’s Dad in the 1990s when she lived in Massachusetts, USA. Phil, from Newcastle upon Tyne has played in various folk, rock and ceilidh bands for many years. Coming together musically through a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo, they have performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House in London and a dank tower in the old city walls of Newcastle. Taking a more minimal approach to their material than some, they have been described as ‘one of the most compelling musical partnerships on the scene’, their music being ‘a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folktradition’.