Before the all-analog glory of the Hexam Head recordings, the band recorded a nearly-complete version of the entire LP (sans Magpie Prelude and Sundew) in their Philly warren. These recordings bristle with the nascent joys of the songwriting craft--with many parts going down as the digital tape was rolling. There is also much more overt psychedelia and full-on improv--including a long instrumental jam which did not make it to the vhf release. The first 4 tracks are available as single downloads, but the full LP purchase includes 6 bonus tracks.
released 20 April 2006
All songs by Margaret Ayre. Fern Knight is Margaret Ayre, cello, voice, Rhodes; Jim Ayre, Flyin' Vee, percussion; Jesse Sparhawk, harp, bass; James Wolf, violin and some occasional vocal assistance from Orion Rigel Dommisse (Bemused and Magpie Suite) and Chris Sarillio on singing saw (Bemused).
Fern Knight weaves an uncommon sound from far-flung musical roots. Under classically trained cellist/guitarist/vocalist
Margaret Ayre's unwavering direction, this DC quartet continues to gracefully color her tightly arranged, smartly produced songs with echos of British folk leanings in the manner of The Strawbs, Sourdeline's trad-folk and old-school riffage in the vein of cult-rockers Asgard....more