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Hearts of Oak sound so easy on the ear

Down the Road - Hearts of Oak

If you like your Folk traditional and local then Hearts of Oak are for you.
And their latest CD Down the Road makes for easy listening.

It's a combination of traditional and more modern folk material, all done in a mix of close harmony voices and the sound of guitars, banjo, melodeon, harmonica, fiddle, flute, mandolin and bodhran.

You'll find a song about the Kathleen and May, verses about Barum Fair put to muisc, an old poem about sailing up the Torridge to Bideford when it was a thriving port for sailing vessels, lines on smuggling off the Exmoor coast and a poignant song about the Lynmouth Flood Disaster.

They're all intermingled with Shanties, Ewan McColl's Thirty Foot Trailer about travellers and an old children's song about the Green Lanes - the grassy paths, not the Shopping Centre.

It's all pleasant stuff from the fine voices and playing of John Parker, Tony Piper, Rupert Kirby and Ian Hudson, The North Devon artist whose work appears on the cover alongside a photograph of the lads in the same country scene on the back.

Catch them at the Mariners Arms , Braunton, on February 7th with more dates there each month until July


In session at Geoff Hocking's Studio!

Hearts of Oak are back in the studio recording for our next CD.Geoff, our patient producer, adjusts the microphone leads and sorts us out!
Ian and Tony in full swing as we record the title track 'Down the Road!'.You don't have to be mad to work with us but it helps!

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