Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Sun Also Rises "The Sun Also Rises" (UK Folk 1970)

Sun Also Rises was the duo of Graham Hemingway and Anne Hemingway, who put out a self-titled album in the British acid folk style on the small Village Thing label in 1970. The record very much reflects the influence of the foremost exponents of the style, the Incredible String Band, with its wavering harmonies and use of glockenspiel, vibes, dulcimer, kazoo, bells, and other miscellaneous instruments to complement the standard folk guitar. Non-members John Turner (bass) and Andy Leggett (woodwind) also played on the LP. It's something of a scaled-down spin on the Incredible String Band format, though, with less world music influence and more focus on the Hemingways' male-female harmonies. It's also one of the more precious and twee efforts in the genre. Although work was started on a second album, it was never completed. One track from the uncompleted album, "Fafnir and the Knights," did appear in 1972 on the Village Thing compilation Us, and also appears on the American CD reissue of The Sun Also Rises, on the Scenescof label. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this and the 'Ora' album. I can't get enough of 'psych-folk' or whatever it's called.

Two albums I would recommend are -

Spring - S/T
Tonton Macoute - S/T

I play these all the time. The music varies on both but is very individual. Haven't found anything like them yet. Very enjoyable.

27 July, 2006 08:40  
Blogger Dai Griffiths said...

I used to have this album when it came out, and loved it. I never expected to hear it again, thanks! I lived in Cardiff then, where they used to live, and I remember meeting up with them in the back room of the Old Arcade pub with a few guitars before the big screens got put in. They used to play in the folk clubs too, a whole lot better than most of us they were too! The music sounds a bit dated now, but still has its magic.

30 December, 2008 21:02  
Blogger Alex B said...

Veru beautiful album, the voices are marvelous!

16 February, 2009 04:52  
Blogger Facundo said...

Great voices and melodies!

20 June, 2010 11:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They were good friends of mine, many moons ago. We all used to be artists at Newport Folk Club, in the Castle pub in Newport South Wales. They were very good and great people, hailing from Cardiff. One of their many high spots was playing main stage at the Cambridge Folk Fest. at the time it was the biggest one of its kind!!! I was in a jugband called Moby Jug at the time, a guy called Dublin ran the club.Lost touch over the years, would love to know what happened to them, me, I'm still gigging with a band called Blues Train. cheers, Reg.....

07 June, 2011 23:32  

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