Following the well-received performance and subsequent release of their live recording of Cornelius Cardew’s complete Treatise, The London Experimental Ensemble returns with a new approach to the ancient folk songs of the Child Ballads. For the uninitiated, the Child Ballads are 305 traditional ballads from the British Isles, along with their American variants, as catalogued and studied by Harvard University professor of literature Francis James Child. The ten volumes Child published between 1882 and 1898 earned him a unique association with the canon of British folklore, thus the Child Ballads. On the principle that nothing is more British than free improv, which incubated in London in 1962, and these ballads which encapsulate the last 500 years of UK history and lore, after thoughtful consideration The London Experimental ensemble embraced the challenge of a free improv recording of these traditional ballads.
It doesn’t always have to take forever … A mere three years after the surprising return of his band The High Line Riders with Bumping Into Nothing, their mastermind Ed Pettersen presents us with Walking Home, an equally excellent successor. It’s a classy, timeless mix of handmade rock’n’roll, dynamic country rock and heartfelt folk roots numbers – an immensely listenable musical gumbo that will excite 70ies retro fans as well as current Americana listeners.
The return, after 18 years, of Ed's original NYC roots-rock outfit the High Line Riders available exclusively in the U.S. here via this website and in Europe via Blue Rose Records (Germany) on April 17, 2015. 12 original songs and one bonus alternate mix/duet with Norwegian star Henning Kvitnes.
Pettersen's new release "I Curse the River of Time: A Norwegian American Tale" is showcased in a beautiful art book that tells a fascinating tale of Pettersen's roots in the Arctic circle of Norway. Inspired by time spent in Norway, the music draws on Norwegian literature for inspiration (the song Psalm at Journey's End draws characters from Eric Fosnes Hansen's book of the same name, and Siste Reis combines the American genre of murder ballads with the story of a young Norwegian girl who trusts in the wrong stranger) coupled with observations from his travels. The music is hauntingly beautiful with instrumentation that combines the best of folk and Americana. This unique package comes in a slipcase and signed numbered limited edition of 1200 copies. All pre-orders via this website may receive a free download of "Happening:A Movement in 12 Acts" featuring Freedy Johnston, Walter Egan, Mary Gauthier, Matthew Ryan and others. It's Ed's free jazz operatta ode to the 99%.
Release Date: October, 2013
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