Carthy Hardy Farrell Young: Laylam (2013)


Track list:

01. Greasy Coat
02. Little Birds / Le Canal en Octobre
03. Walking after Midnight
04. Chickens in the Garden
05. Dewdrop
06. Wide River / Polly’s Waltz
07. Why don’t You do Right
08. Myrtle Tree
09. June is the Coldest Month of the Year
10. Sally Free and Easy
11. 100 Years
12. Better Home


Eliza Carthy – fiddle, octave fiddle, lead vocals [4,9,12], vocals, percussion;
Bella Hardy – fiddle, lead vocals [3,6,10], vocals;
Lucy Farrell – fiddle, viola, lead vocals [2,5,8], vocals, musical saw;
Kate Young – fiddle, lead vocals [1,7,11], vocals, cello, percussion

Laylam 2

Recorded: Panda Sound, Robin Hood’s Bay
Released: January 21, 2013
Label: Hem Hem Records

Recorded by: Oliver Knight
Mixed by: Oliver Knight
Mastered by: Max Gilkes (at 1-Sonic Productions, Brighton)

Photography: Alex Alevroyiannis
Design: David Owen (at Theinkcorporation)

#1,2a,8,12 trad. arr. Carthy Hardy Farrell Young;
#2b Frederic Paris;
#3 Alan Block, Donn Hecht;
#4-5 trad. arr. Eliza Carthy;
#6a Buddy and Julie Miller;
#6b Bella Hardy;
#7 Kansas Joe McCoy;
#9 Eliza Carthy;
#10 Cyril Tawney;
#11 trad. arr. Carthy Hardy Farrell Young / Kate Young



‘This musical journey began through the joint efforts of the Sage Gateshead and Alan Bearman at King’s Place in London – Kathryn Tickell thought we would sound good together, and it turns out she was right.

She later said that it hadn’t occurred to her that we were all women who played the violin and sang at once.

Happy coincidence then, and one that is working well for our sound-tight harmonies and rhythms in voices and bows.

And we had such a good time, and such nice tunes, that we thought we would make this album as an excuse to hang out some more.

We played everything pretty much live in a room, with fancy bits added later and mistakes glossed over.

Oliver Knight added ideas and hobnobs, made killer coffee and tried to work out how to make us sound alright.

The word “Laylam” means “chorus”: a good reason to sing together in any setting.

Often relating to birds…which we are.

Join in then.’
~Eliza Carthy[]