Seth Lakeman - Freedom Fields (Music CD)
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Freedom Fields takes its name from a skirmish which took place on 3rd
December 1643, where after vicious fighting the Roundhead Garrison of Plymouth
made their final rally, routed the King’s army (the Cavaliers) and this
uprising changed the course of English history.
The album contains a compelling array of songs inspired by the West Country and unlike the previous album, explores the turmoil of conflict, war and freedom, rather than myths and legends. Several songs are about the area’s naval traditions, ("Lady Of The Sea"), while "King & Country" along with the title track further examines the factions created by the English Civil War. Meanwhile, the world above and below ground is recorded in "The Colliers" which takes its theme from the oppression of the tin and copper miners.
What lifts this album from out of the more usual stock of folk inspired material is Seth’s musical dexterity and energy, the passion and intensity of his delivery, how he skillfully and sympathetically applies historical experience to universal truths about the human condition.
1. The Charmer
2. Lady Of The Sea
3. Childe The Hunter
4. The White Hare
5. The Colliers
6. King And Country
7. The Setting Of The Sun
8. Take No Rogues
9. Freedom Fields
10. The Riflemen Of War
11. The Band Of Gold
12. The Final Lot