MARTIN GREEN CROWS' BONES CD ALBUM
Crows’ Bones is a journey into the real dark side, it’s lead track being a cover of Villagers’ “I Saw The Dead”. Martin Green (from award – winning group Lau) is joined by singers Becky Unthank (The Unthanks) and Inge Thomson & nyckelharpa Niklas Roswall. Production by Portishead’s Adrian Utley & Martin Green.
“Songs about ghosts remembering when they were murdered, pregnant widows burying slain knights, and dead souls in back rooms – Crows’ Bones reminds us that sorrow, sadness and tragedy have always loomed large in folk-culture” THE GUARDIAN
“Positively revelatory” ***** 5/5 THE SCOTSMAN
Martin Green – accordion, composer, noises and effects Began playing the accordion at the age of 10, his father was a morris dancer and Martin grew up playing English music and for the Morris. He later became very involved in the Irish music scene in England. Eliza Carthy gave him a job, when he was twenty years old, playing with her band and later he went on to play with Joan Baez and Linda Thompson amongst others. Eventually there was Lau. Becky Unthank – voice, music boxes Becky is a founding member of the 2008 Mercury Prize-nominated folk group The Unthanks. Her singing has a distinctive, breathy subtle quality and her musical tastes range widely through the traditional to contemporary. Robert Wyatt is a big fan of her singing. Inge Thomson – Voice and toys Inge is from Fair Isle, Shetland, officially the most remote community in the UK. From a very musical family, and has always played music. Four generations of her family still play music in and live in Fair Isle (population 70 adults). She is a long-term musical sidekick of Karine Polwart and released “Shipwrecks and Static” on Navigator to great critical acclaim. Niklas Roswall – nyckelharpa Niklas is from Sweden and is a true virtuoso, studying the nyckelharpa at the Conservatoire and going on to become world nyckelharpa champion. He is at the forefront of a new breed of Scandinavian musicians who are taking traditional music forward.