Song of the Day, December 9: Albion Sunrise by the Albion Country Band

AlbionBattleSunriseAshley Hutchings’ Albion Bands have had almost as many iterations as members. After forming as a backing unit for Shirley Collins, the group served as a brief support band for Steve Ashley, then a placeholder group featuring Richard Thompson while other members cleared their decks. “Albion IV” — featuring Hutchings, Martin Carthy, Sue Harris, John Kirkpatrick, Simon Nicol, and Roger Swallow — recorded the charming Battle of the Field in 1973.

Albion Sunrise is a stirring programme opener penned by Thompson for the group. It’s a smart song of welcome setting the stage for the diverse traditional tunes that follow. Carthy, Kirkpatrick, and Nicol sing the verses in turn, contributing to the sense of camaraderie. It took three years for the final product to see the light of day, but it was well worth the wait, a highlight in a set of accomplished careers.

Enjoy this modern anthem today.

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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