Be inspired by Eliza Carthy’s beautiful solo interpretation of our new choral commission.
Folk singer-songwriter Eliza Carthy performs with her father Martin Carthy.
Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards.
Watch Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band perform I Wish That The Wars Were All Over ft. Damien Dempsey.
Ten thousand of bluebells now welcome the spring
Oh when will the church bells of this victory ring
When do our soldiers return, when do we rejoice
And when do I wed to the love of my choice
How I wish that the wars were all over
I wish that the wars were all done.
When writing an in-depth review of an important new album, it is normal to start somewhere near the beginning, to pick a measured path through the record, to assess it as the sum of its chronological parts and to talk about those individual parts in some semblance of order. It is certainly not customary to begin with the very last words of the final track. But perhaps it should be. It is, after all, the moment the whole album has been working towards, the focal point of months, often years of work on the part of songwriters and performers. Continue reading
“Mohair” from Eliza Carthy’s 2005 album Rough Music.
Green fields and brown wools and clothes my garden inland
Out there back on the hill is where I like to go
Now I’m told
There’s wolves with teeth behind the brown
And sticks and stones to bring me down Continue reading