A Breath Against The Calm

by Root and Branch

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    CD album with lovely artwork by our own Chris Jones

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Root & Branch's second record and their first full-length album covers more ground than a migrating bison herd, with sets of reels and jigs; self-penned songs and tunes; re-interpretations of classic English folk numbers and a few other treats in between.


released November 3, 2018

All tracks traditional except: Big John Won't Let Me Marry His Daughter (trad./E. Macdonald/N. Bontrager); The Road to Germany (S. Graham); Cathar Rag (N. Bontrager); Shputnik Over Glenshiel (Martyn Bennett); PM Jimmy Macgregor (John Scott); The Dalesman's Litany (music: Dave Keddy, lyrics: F.W. Moorman); Dornoch Links (PM John Macdonald). All arrangements by Root & Branch and: N. Bontrager (Cathar Rag, Young Hunting); S. Graham (The Road to Germany, The Barndance, The Dalesman's Litany); J. Whelligan (Hares on the Mountain). Recorded by Root & Branch in Camp Marcel, Barcelona and Liverpool in April and May 2018. Mixing, mastering and production by Alastair Caplin (alastaircaplin.com). Love and thanks to Hannah and Ruaridh, Terry and Lisa, Alastair Caplin, Lewis Murray and Martí Fabregat. Artwork by Chris Jones (starling image by James Johnstone, used under the CC BY 4.0 licence; star image from the Nasa Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite).


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Root & Branch play the traditional music of Britain, Ireland and the Appalachian mountains. The band consists of five musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, with diverse influences and backgrounds that create a distinctive and energetic sound.

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