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Songs
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CD

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ERGODOS 013CD ERGODOS 013CD
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RELEASE DATE
9/30/2016

2014 release. Ergodos Musicians present Songs. Working with the members of Ergodos Musicians, composers Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly arrange, re-compose, weave and stitch material drawn from the songs they love, spanning over 800 years of music, from John Dowland and Vivaldi to Steve Earle, Richard Thompson and The xx. Working closely with vocalist Michelle O'Rourke, reed player Seán Mac Erlaine and cellist Kate Ellis, they celebrate the way a melody or a lyric can live in memory, heart and limb. A 13th century hymn becomes a spacious meditation over a drone. An opera aria by Vivaldi becomes understated jazz. Sholdice takes a fragment of contemporary Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy's Yeats setting, "The White Birds" and transforms the original, re-imagining the material as a forgotten folk-song, very different from Dennehy's taut rhythmic landscape. Schlepper-Connolly's shimmering take on the traditional song "I Am Weary Of Lying Alone" becomes a vehicle for an incisive, biting sax solo from Seán Mac Erlaine. The devotional melancholy of Richard Thompson's "Beat The Retreat" is complimented by an hauntingly spare version of Dowland's "Weep You No More, Sad Fountains". American alt-country singer Steve Earle's "Goodbye" becomes a mercurial lament in Schlepper-Connolly's hands, while Sholdice's transcription of a Javanese gamelan "Ladrang" is elegant in its simplicity. The album closes with a tender, intimate re-coloring of "Angels" by UK indie trio The xx. "Nothing could better exemplify the continued vitality of the song tradition. Four stars." -- "CD Choice", The Irish Times.