Magazine article New Internationalist

Thankful Villages, Volume 1

Magazine article New Internationalist

Thankful Villages, Volume 1

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Thankful Villages, Volume 1

by Darren Hayman (Rivertones Records, Rivertone 6 CD, LP + digital)

Sometimes referred to as 'blessed', the thankful villages are those few in England and Wales that lost none of their men in the First World War. There are, out of the thousands of villages, only 54 that can claim the title of 'thankful' and musician Darren Hayman has visited them all. Songs and music relating to 18 of them appear on this album, the first in a trilogy which will be unrolled over the next months.

It is strange, lovely and immensely valuable. Like Hayman's earlier recordings that revisited 17th century English ballads and 19th century socialist songs, Thankful Villages is rooted in history. But unlike those, this album is rooted in a living history. It's less about the Great War and more about now, how we remember and what we value. …

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