The Dawn Songs

Vivien Ellis

CD only BEJOCD-50


Well known for her work with Alva, Sinfonye and The Dufay Collective, Vivien Ellis is one of the finest female vocalists of the present day. Equally at ease with world music, mediaeval songs and contemporary ballads she interprets an astonishing range of material in her new, multi-genre CD.

Sumptuously produced, the album encompasses the English tradition, Brazilian samba; Appalachian spiritual; troubadour song in Occitan; Irish, Scots/Gaelic and Bulgarian folk music, as well as new dawn songs by contemporary writers. With instrumentation that includes fiddle, accordion, guitars, drums and electric bass – lute and viol, loops and effects – this is a richly varied album that embraces both the spare beauty of ancient song and full-on 21st century soundscapes.

What the critics have said...
'A gutsy tour-de-force'
Sing Out! (USA)

'Most often associated with early music (and its crossover with the tradition), here Vivien Ellis follows a theme – lovers meeting and parting at first light – wherever in music it takes her, entirely at home in every style she tackles… A thoroughly modern song, As the Dawn Breaks, by Andy Duerden, should go on the Radio 2 playlist forthwith. No qualms in recommending this CD. The sources are eclectic, the arrangements fit the songs like a glove and Vivien can put over everything she sings with conviction.'

'A beautiful CD with wonderful singing, splendid musicians, great harmonies and gorgeous arrangements'.
Folk London

'Ingeniously conceived, meticulously researched and flawlessly performed'

Track listing

1 Waulking Song

2 Dawn is Already Too Late

3 The Lover’s Ghost

4 Reis Glorios (King of Glory)

5 Bright Morning Stars

6 Alvorada

7 Clapping Song

8 The Drowsy Sleeper

9 As the Dawn Breaks

10 The Lark in the Morning

11 Go Love (Stani, idi si, libe)

12 Sweet, Stay Awhile

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