Episode 79: Conspiracy of Silence

This is the seventy-ninth edition of the Epileptic Gibbon podcast music show and the playlist to accompany it. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN. This show is a guest slot introduced by Rebsie Fairholm and Daniel Staniforth of Alchymical Muse. The feature album is ‘The Bairns’ by Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, searing modal songs from Tyne & Wear, along with a lovingly selected range of tracks and artists from diverse sources. Below you’ll find the track list, plus weblinks to where you can find more information about each artist.

Total running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes. Downloaded file is 100 MB.

1. Neverglade (6:17) –  Trentemøller  (Taken from the ‘Reworked/Remixed’ EP; see  www.myspace.com/trentemoeller )

2. Broceliande (4:08) – Alan Stivell (Taken from the album ‘Reflets’; see  www.alan-stivell.com )

3. I’m Like the Paper (3:16) – Nancy Elizabeth (Taken from the album ‘Battle & Victory’; see www.myspace.com/nancyelizabethcunliffe )

4.  Whitehorn (6:09) – Rachel Unthank & The Winterset (Taken from the album ‘The Bairns’: see www.myspace.com/rachelunthank )

5. Symphony of Palms (5:29) – Jah Wobble & Temple of Sound (Taken from the album ‘Shout at the Devil’; see www.30hertzrecords.com and www.myspace.com/templeofsound )

6. Migraine (4:06) – Dada Trash Collage (Taken from the EP ‘Fun Fund’; see dadatrashcollage.com/intro.cfm  )

7. Moody Bible (3:31) – Nicole Miglis (Taken from the self titled EP; see nicolemiglis.bandcamp.com )

8. Mìle Marbhaisg air a’ Ghaol (3:39) – Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts (Taken from the album ‘Urstan’; see www.alasdairroberts.com/news )

9. Orpheus (3:08) – Circulus (Taken from the album ‘The Lick on the Tip of an Envelope Yet to be Sent’; see www.circulus.org )

10. Epitaph (3:24) – Trees (Taken from the album ‘The Garden of Jane Delawney’; see www.last.fm/music/Trees )

11. Stigmata Martyr (3:42) – Bauhaus (Taken from the album ‘In Flat Field’; see www.bauhausmusik.com )

12. The Milkman (4:02) – Mice (Taken from the album ‘New & Improved’; no web presence for this band, but see www.julianneregan.net )

13. Death of a Supernaturalist (3:20) – The Divine Comedy (Taken from album ‘Liberation’; see www.thedivinecomedy.com )

14. My Donald (8:06) – Rachel Unthank & The Winterset (Taken from the album ‘The Bairns’; see www.myspace.com/rachelunthank  )

15. Close the Coalhouse Door (7:02) – The Unthanks (Taken from the album ‘Last’; see www.the-unthanks.com )

16. The Morrigan’s Dream/Time to Kill (8:33) – Horslips (Taken from the album ‘The Táin’; see www.horslips.ie )

17. Pretty Saro (4:19) – Shirley Collins & Davy Graham (Taken from the album ‘Folk Roots, New Routes’; see www.shirleycollins.co.uk/davy.htm )

18. Utopia (6:16) – Brendan Perry (Taken from the album ‘Ark’; see www.brendan-perry.com )

Many thanks to Epileptic Gibbon for entrusting us with another guest slot. Please leave a comment if you like what you hear (or even if you don’t… feedback is so important!) Eppy will be back for the next episode with another interesting show.


4 thoughts on “Episode 79: Conspiracy of Silence

  1. Justin Dyer says:

    Enjoying the podcast. You ask about Celia Humphris. All I know is that she moved to France and has kept her voice. The extra track ‘Black Widow’ on the ‘Garden of Jane Trelawney’ CD was recorded with her singing in 2008. Apparently she and David Costa are keen to record more Trees material – whether that will ever happen, who knows? Good bit of trivia: Celia H is also the voice of London’s Northern Line. (She returned to acting after Trees, so this was voiceover work.) All the best, Justin

    • epilepticgibbon says:

      Thanks for the comment/information, Justin. I’m replying on Daniel & Rebsie’s behalf. I don’t think they have the extra track ‘Black Widow’, hence them not knowing about Celia’s recent vocal work, but thanks for responding to Rebsie’s query – much appreciated!

  2. epilepticgibbon says:

    Thought I’d offer a few thoughts on this Daniel & Rebsie show. Definitely a brilliant show again – you’re really getting into your stride now!

    Trentemøller provided a good opening track. I very much enjoyed the moody, atmospheric nature of this one, plus some interesting twists & turns throughout.

    I wasn’t sure how I’d cope with Alan Stivell’s vocals but surprisingly I coped and even rather enjoyed them. Another track with a lot of atmosphere & some euphoric sections.

    I’m not exactly sure where I know Nancy Elizabeth from but I’m sure I’ve heard her music before. At first I thought it was the Unthanks – the Northern female folk voice – but soon realised it wasn’t. A lovely track though.

    Following on from the above, I’m a big fan of the Unthanks so I was pleased to hear that you had Rachel Unthank & The Winterset for your feature album. The first track followed on nicely from the Nancy Elizabeth one – beautiful fiddle towards the end.

    The Jah Wobble & Temple of Sound track brings back some good memories of discovering them about 10 years ago.

    I wasn’t entirely convinced by the vocals on the Dada Trash Collage track, but musically it was very interesting, particularly the second-half.

    I love the Nicole Miglis track and I couldn’t resist playing another track off the EP on the next-but-one show. An amazing voice and even more amazing that the EP is available entirely for free! Her band Hundred Waters is also well worth checking out – brilliant debut album but not available for free.

    Loved the Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts track and I was impressed with Rebsie’s pronunciation! And you probably already know that I’m a big fan of Circulus & Trees so very happy to hear them on the show.

    That’s about half-way through the show – I’ll take a break & come back to comment on the second half later.

  3. epilepticgibbon says:

    Right, back for the second half now…

    Very impressed with the Bauhaus track. Not that familiar with the band but they’ve often been recommended to me & I’ve never really known where to start. This sounds like a great place to start. Some terrific experimental elements on there that must have sounded very bold in 1981.

    The Mice track I already know very well & love it, and pretty much the same is true of that Divine Comedy track too.

    I love the Rachel Unthank & The Winterset/Unthanks tracks too. Great choices! I love the instrumental interplay on that first track of the two in particular. Overall an excellent feature artist/album.

    Again, I already know & love Horslips so that double track from them was another popular choice for me.

    I tend to have mixed feelings about the work of Shirley Collins – a lot depends on the arrangements and the particular choice of song. I think part of the reason I like this track in particular is the instrumental contribution of Davy Graham. It’s a powerful combination.

    And the show ends very nicely with that Brendan Perry track. I was recently informed by someone that his solo albums aren’t very good but this track certainly suggests otherwise so I may check them out after all.

    So thanks again – a great show and I’m definitely looking forward to the one that is currently being put together.

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