2007 : The Imagined Village

Various Artists

01 : ‘Ouses, ‘Ouses, ‘Ouses
Johnny Copper and Sheila Chandra with Simon Emmerson

02 : John Barleycorn
Paul Weller, Martin & Eliza Carthy

03 : Tam Lyn Retold
by Benjamin Zephaniah and Eliza Carthy with Trans-Global Underground and Simon Emmerson

04 : Death and the Maiden Retold

05 : Cold Hailey Rainy Night
Chris Wood, Eliza & Martin Carthy with The Young Coppers and Trans-Global Underground

06 : The Welcome Sailor
Sheila Chandra and Chris Wood

07 : Acres of Ground
Eliza Carthy

08 : Pilsden Pen
The Village Band

09 : Hard Times of Old England Retold
Billy Bragg and The Young Coppers with Eliza Carthy and Simon Emmerson

10 : Kit Whites I & II
The Gloworms

11 : Sloe on the Uptake
Tiger Moth with Eliza Carthy

First released in the UK 2007 by Real World CDRW 147

“This Way To The Imagined Village” EP first released in the UK 2007 by Real World CDRWEP 10

EP Tracks

1 : England Half England meets John Barleycorn
Billy Bragg, Martin & Eliza Carthy

2 : Acres of Ground (Beats Mix)
Eliza Carthy

3 : The Welcome Sailor
Sheila Chandra and Chris Wood

4 : Cold Hailey Rainy Night (It’s Turned Out Nice remix by Stabilizer)
Chris Wood, Eliza & Martin Carthy and The Young Coppers with Trans-Global Underground

Billy Bragg, Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Sheila Chandra, The Young Coppers, Simon Emmerson, The Gloworms, Johnny Kalsi, Tiger Moth, Trans-Global Underground, Tunng, The Village Band, Paul Weller, Chris Wood, Benjamin Zephaniah

2007 Imagined Village tour flyer

Notes from the original Imagine Village website

As a group of musicians and record producers we’d like to welcome you to this site. We started this project back in 2004 as a way of exploring our musical roots and identity as English musicians and music makers. Some of our names may be familiar to you whilst some of us swim hidden in the fringes of the big village pond; some of us have backgrounds in traditional music whilst others are as far away from the folk club as you can get.

There is a lot of discussion in the media at present about what constitutes the English identity, we hope to use this web site and our first record as a contribution to this discussion. We are not trying to re-invent the wheel or for that matter re-invent the English folk tradition. What we are interested in is building an inclusive, creative community were we can engage in the debate passed down to us by the late Victorian collectors of English song, dance and stories spearheaded by Cecil Sharpe and his contemporaries and brought into contemporary resonance by Georgina Boyes in her book ‘The Imagined Village’, Billy Braggs recent works ‘The Progressive Patriot’, academics such as Paul Gilroys in ‘After Empire Melancholia or Convivial Culture’ and the commentaries of musicians such as Chris Wood, Eliza and Martin Carthy amongst others.

We all walk in the footsteps of our Victorian song collecting ancestors but feel it is more relevant now than ever to question who decides what it is to be authentic and English and more importantly what it is that makes us proud to be English musicians. We are not providing a manifesto or for that matter any easy answers. We also understand there are a lot of people out there who have been discussing these issues a lot longer than some of us who are relatively new to the debate. As musicians the primary focus for our communication comes through our music and we hope you feel inspired by our first CD to come and see us play live. We also hope this web site provides a vibrant and creative arena for discussion and exchange of ideas. Thanks for checking us out, keep it positive and keep it rooted.

Articles in The Financial Times and New Statesman written around the first rehearsal gathering of the Village in July immediately before our WOMAD show this summer are worth a look, they give you a real sense of the fun we had getting the show on the road.

We’ve got an informal filmed interview/discussion between Simon Emmerson and John Copper recorded at the end of the filming session for ‘ouses ‘ouses ‘ouses – John tells the story of a musical family going back his ‘great grandfather’s grandfather. We have also had a lot of requests for the audio from the open discussion on English Identity that took place between Billy Bragg, Chris Wood, Simon Emmerson and an audience of 400+ on the afternoon of the WOMAD gig, which is now available as a download in the audio/video section.

We have some amazing live footage from the 1st ever Imagined Village performance at Real World Studios. We played to a small invited audience of friends and family as we were getting out set together for last summers Womad gig. Our ‘retold’ version of ‘Hard Times Of Old England’ is available now and we’ll be adding ‘John Barlycorn’ soon.

Finally on the subject of having fun, no one does it better than the deep south USA re-mixer Doghouse Riley who has come up with a completely inspired and totally mad do-wop re-mix of Cold Hailey Rainey Night that can be found on the Real World Remixed site.

Four-track EP

English Folk Music Takes a Whole New Direction!

This EP brings you a track from the full length album released on October 1st 2007 and three exclusive mixes only available on this special edition.

If you think you know about English folk music, think again. The Imagined Village project, the brainchild of producer and musician Simon Emmerson, has recast age-old traditions in the shape of the twenty-first century. A daring mix of ancient and modern, The Imagined Village fuses fiddles and squeezebox with dub beats and sitars. To do so it has gathered an extraordinary array of talent, including – on this exclusive EP – Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Sheila Chandra, Billy Bragg, Chris Wood and Simon Emmerson.


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