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Monday, 11 May 2015
The latest news from Simpson∙Cutting∙Kerr
Murmurs will be released
"Outrageously great album from
Simpson∙Cutting∙Kerr. 'Dark Swift & Bright Swallow' is amazing. It's
stunning and beautiful. And timely. All things great folk should
be." Rob Cowen, author 'Common Ground'.
debut album from the wonderful new trio SIMPSON∙CUTTING∙KERR will be released
on Monday June 8th on Topic Records.Murmurs was
recorded in January this year and captures all the excitement of three master
musicians having musical fun together. The album will appear on DL, CD and a
limited edition Deluxe CD/DVD set. It’s a collection of songs that communicate
to the listener a sense of bonded musicianship, a real feeling and empathy for
each others’ playing and a collective love and innate understanding of the
music. Recorded with award-winning producer Andy Bell, the combination of
traditional songs, such as ‘Fair Rosamund’ and a stunning ‘Plains of Waterloo’,
and original compositions, including ‘Dark Swift’ and ‘Not Even The Ground’
makes for a compelling listening experience; stories are told with instruments
played by these masters of their respective crafts, but this is no showcase,
more an expression of the joy of playing and singing between three absolutely
“It is so incredibly exciting. Andy and Nancy
have been brilliant. The whole project is sheer
An advance single from the sessions – Dark Honey / Ruben – is
released as a vinyl 7″ single on Monday 11th May.
Honey’ is Nancy Kerr’s reflection on the human influence on our fast-changing
ecology, informed by a summer of bee swarms in her inner-city garden, and the
story she heard of bees collecting the sweetness from discarded cola cans and
subsequently producing the dark honey of the title.
is an exclusive non-album track, available only on this single. A spirited and
spiritual banjo-led reworking of the American folk standard ‘Reuben’s Train’, it
is the lament of a traveller riding the railroad, penniless, longing for a home
far out of reach.
even halfway through the year but we’ve already seen a number of astonishingly
high quality records from many quarters; even so, Murmurs
stands head and shoulders above much of this
extraordinarily stiff competition. By anybody’s standards it’s a top-notch album
by three of our best musicians and, if there’s any justice in this world, will
soon find its way into the collections of all self-respecting fans of folk
music." Folk Radio UK