So yes, this is the start of a load of releases on MIE and not one of them feature Trouble Books or talons'! (Though we do have some distro releases from them coming up)
Cath & Phil Tyler's Dumb Supper is without a doubt one of my most favourite folk albums. Calling it beautiful just doesn't do it justice, its so much more than that. So I'm extremely pleased and excited to be releasing it on 180 gram vinyl with card inners and top quality covers in a tiny run of 500.
Its up to pre order now here, http://www.miemusic.co.uk/releases.html
and you can get a taste of it here, http://soundcloud.com/miemusic/sets/cath-phil-tyler-dumb-supper
anyway here's my offical blurb in case you might be interested in learning more/reviewing it!
"Folk moves into a new era with Cath and Phil. Their combination of earthiness and grit, raw yet heartfelt and beautiful singing and immaculate playing makes this one of the most exciting and most moving albums I've heard in a long while."
Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3?s ?Late Junction?
“Dumb Supper is one of those rare modern folk albums that will find a home in both the longstanding ?traditional? music community and among those attracted to the forms more experimental and lo-fi possibilities….It?s a weird looking-glass effect many folk fans will be familiar with: the straighter you play it, the stranger it gets…Shirley Collins always understood this and so do Cath & Phil Tyler.”
Cath & Phil have been stars of the North East underground scene for the past three years, sharing stages with Six Organs Of Admittance, Papa M, Charalambides and many more. Dumb Supper was originally released to critical acclaim in 2008 by No-Fi recordings and the record now sees a re-release on 180 gram vinyl by MIE Music.
Cath is a renowned teacher on the Sacred Harp singing circuit. Sacred Harp is vigorous community singing of a particular collection of four part harmony hymns (from the 19th Century book The Sacred Harp) usually for closed as opposed to public performances. Its been described as 'like a cross between Gregorian chanting and bluegrass' and elements of its stylings appear in the duos recordings.
Cath & Phil?s music beautifully blends the hard edged traditions of primitive Americana and English folk, using guitar, banjo, fiddle and more, all topped with their searing vocals and sublime harmonies. Their songs speak of grit, blood and guts, tenderness, love and death.
Cath & Phil believe in folk retaining its original storytelling function, passing on tales through the centuries. In their words, “These songs came to us by way of Lena Bourne Fish, Hattie Hicks Presnell, Homer Cornett, Eleazar Tillett & Martha Etheridge (Anne & Frank Warner Collection); the Sacred Harp…We changed some of the words and wrote some of the tunes.” All the songs on the album are adaptations of songs they have unearthed or which have been passed on to them through family members, musical collaborators and their own love of the original information highway, folk music.
Cath & Phil Tyler?s take on folk sees a refreshing return to traditional folk at its rawest; reinstating grit, virtuosity, authenticity and mesmeric, powerful performance to
this timeless genre.