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Airs And Graces
June Tabor
Airs And Graces
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock
 
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June's debut album from 1976 established her as one of the most impressive interpreters of traditional & composed songs on the British folk scene, a position she has consolidated over the years. The versions of Reyandine a...  more »

      
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All Artists: June Tabor
Title: Airs And Graces
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Topic
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 11/11/2008
Album Type: Import
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock
Styles: Bluegrass, Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk, Celtic New Age, Easy Listening, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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June's debut album from 1976 established her as one of the most impressive interpreters of traditional & composed songs on the British folk scene, a position she has consolidated over the years. The versions of Reyandine and The Band Played Waltzing Matilda here are rightly considered classics. The All Music Guide website has this to say: 'June Tabor is probably the finest female traditional British folk singer of the late 20th century - if not the best British folk singer of her time, period. What links her to Britain's past traditions is the chilling and emotional qualities of her voice. What links her to the British present is her fine taste in material, arrangements, and backing musicians.'

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A pinnacle
04/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"June Tabor has been an admirably adventurous interpreter of songs traditonal, and otherwise, for three decades. Looking back over her career "Airs and Graces" remains its high water mark. Nowhere did her sumptous dark tone feel more moving and less monotonous than on this collection. She performs a number of familar and less familar traditional tunes with, on this disc, not only her trademark sense of purposeful gravity but a lightening grace of effort. Her intrepretive surety here even manages to breathe new drama in an old chestnut like "Waltzing Matilda." One track that remains, listen after listen, transcendent for me is "Pull Down Lads." In a deceptively simple reading of a tale that is ostensibly about the dismantling of a country carnival, Tabor manages to transmit a haunting and profound meditation on death, love and leave-taking. It is an interpretation that each time I hear it leaves me in a contemplative and still state of mind pondering --dare I say-- that which truly matters. It's a fully realized recording for any fan of traditional singing or anyone interested in the art of the song."
Stunning Vocals!
R. Kyle | 10/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"June Tabor has a voice and style unsurpassed by anyone in any musical category.If you are already a traditional music fan I suggest you buy all the recordings of her you can find."
Best of a Stellar Career
R. Kyle | USA | 12/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is Tabor's debut album and in many ways, hard to top. She's defined her style here: lush vocalization with ascetic arrangements. I think she does Eric Bogle better than Bogle himself. Her version of "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is the best I have heard. She tackles out of the way topics with her own flair. "Pull Down Lads" talks of the crew of carnies who close a fair down. Her "Waly Waly" ("The Water is Wide" is also not-to-be missed. If you are considering Tabor, start with this album!"