John Garden & Earthly Delights: A Box of Earthly Delights www.earthlydelights.com.au
One of my all-time favourite live bands was Blowzabella, so when I see any album featuring hurdy-gurdy & bodhran on offer at 50pence in a junk shop, I just can’t resist putting hand in pocket! Even more so when the album is a double!
Now 2 hours and 19 minutes of original folk tunes may not be absolutely everybody’s cup o’ mead but this Box of Earthly Delights is tempered somewhat by the fact that styles and instruments are drawn from many mediaeval traditions & modern cultures world-wide. 90 tunes put together in 32 arrangements perfect played loud for raucous party bopping in the barn or more sedately as ambient background to a 10-course banquet back at Ye Olde Castle. The discs provide very entertaining & highly infectious jollity for folk of all ages and classes of society. And anyone wanting to pick up their instrument and play the tunes themselves can get hold of a companion notation manual, ‘A Book of Earthly Delights’ – visit the website for full details. Top Gear!