Song of the Day, August 25: Ragged Heroes by the Albion Band

AlbionRiseToday’s song is a stirring album opener from the Albion Band. When band leader Ashley Hutchings collected the newest incarnation of the group for Rise Up Like the Sun, their fourth album (under their third name, dropping the word “Country” or “Dance” from the middle), he asked legendary producer Joe Boyd to helm the sessions and  singer and melodeon player John Tams to arrange the tracks. The pair worked well together — resulting in a shared production credit for Tams — and inspired the players to turn out a highlight of electric folk.

Tams wrote Ragged Heroes to launch the album. A brilliant anthem, it’s an ode to the musical history that drives the album. Filled with spirited invocations and a call to action from the listeners, it is the perfect way to get things rolling. Tams turns in a great vocal as the dozen talented men behind him surge with musical energy.

Songs of hope and tunes of glory
Half remembered Albion hymns
Rise up Saint George and tell the story
This is where your song begins

Enjoy this delightful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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