Our new CD Crossings contains most of the longer instrumental pieces we’ve composed over the last five years and was recorded by the renowned Andy Bell (of Bellowhead fame) in two locations near Oswestry: Rhydycroesau Village Hall and Wern Mill. Rhydycroesau straddles the Wales/England border; Faith lives in England, John in Wales, so Crossings seemed like a good title for this first album of our collaborations. Below are some reviews of it, and below that is where you can listen to a few clips and then buy a copy!
‘…a very substantial piece of work, up there with the finest of roots-based, or indeed any, instrumental music from England and Wales… wonderfully rich, inventive music that twists and turns, strong on melodic glimpses and shifting asymmetric rhythms, full of imagery and evoking all sorts of connections. It moves through gorgeous lyricism, delicacy, surging power and bow-digging wildness, often in the same piece… with the duetting instruments tracking and bouncing off one another in extraordinary communication and empathy.’ Andrew Cronshaw, fRoots
‘A melding of minds, souls and musical passion…a marvellous album of high-spirited warmth.’ Liverpool Sound & Vision
‘An absolutely knockout debut album… a scintillating and satisfying cooking-pot in which folk, classical and jazz genres are magically blended, mixed, shaken and stirred…John and Faith compose nine tracks, bar one; the lovely little piece ‘Fingal’ was written by the Swedish fiddler and Filarfolket member Ellika Frisell. No session players appear – the hypnotic and appealing combination of just two musicians is very simple, but it really works. Violin and viola dance alluringly with the grand, rich tones of the piano or the folky wholesomeness of the accordion and, for a brief time, the concertina…The music is blissfully and tantalisingly enigmatic…The history of John and Faith’s many collaborations makes fascinating and complicated reading, which is why they create and conjure such inspiring musical magic…Crossings is not a relaxing easy-listen; it’s as if John and Faith are coaxing and tempting the audience to sample another tasty plate of mental nourishment. File under ‘Play Again and Again’. FIVE STAR CHOICE.
Mick Tems, FolkWales Online
‘A superb album that shows off the synergy of their different but complementary musical voices… This is music to enchant and mesmerise… Late at night, it is a soundtrack for introspection. On a bright clear morning, these are hymns to the joy of living. Music for the head and heart, then, that comes highly recommended.’ Aaron Jackson, folkradio.co.uk
Buy a copy
Please choose the quantity and UK/overseas postage then click on ‘Buy Now’. You’ll be taken to PayPal where you can choose how to pay.
Tracks (click on underlined track titles for short clips)
1 New Invention
2 Fingal (by Ellika Frisell)
3 The Plastic Bridge
6 The Devil’s Aeronaut
7 Echo’s Bones
9 Number Six
Total playing time 54m 7s, Monoline Records MLRC1.
All tracks except no. 2 composed and arranged by Faith Brackenbury & John Neilson.
Faith Brackenbury: violin, viola. John Neilson: piano, accordion, concertina.
More on ordering & delivery
From the ‘Quantity and postage’ drop-down menu above, choose whether you’d like 1 or 2 copies, and whether postage is within or outside the UK. Then click on the ‘Buy Now‘ button and you’ll be taken to PayPal, where you can pay securely either via PayPal or using a credit/debit card. We’ll post it to you by Royal Mail, second class, usually the day after we receive your order.
Prices including postage:
1 CD within UK: £12
2 CDs within UK: £22
1 CD outside UK: £15
2 CDs outside UK: £26
Please contact us if you’d like more than 2 copies!
Your invoice will show the payee as ‘Monoline Records’.
If you’d rather pay by cheque (which is fine by us), please email John.
Copies are also available from Rowanthorn shop in Oswestry, or of course from us at gigs.