Garland Sessions – THE OWL SERVICE

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Garland Sessions is a reworked version of the debut album by Essex-based alt-folk collective The Owl Service, featuring outtakes of all 13 songs from the original Garland of Song album tweaked, remixed, re-recorded and remastered.

It also contains an additional five tracks which the band worked on at the same time as the debut but which only saw the light on various short-run releases, plus one all-new recording. A Garland of Song was originally released on the band’s own Hobby-Horse label in 2007 as a limited handmade CD-R and soon after it was picked up by Southern Records for a worldwide release, quickly establishing The Owl Service as key players in the folk revival of the last decade.

They once again set up on their own for the second full-length release A View from a Hill (Rif Mountain 2010), an album which eschewed the lo-fi garage-folk sound of its predecessor in favor of a more sombre, earnest approach — it won them many new fans and much critical acclaim. Garland Sessions takes the nucleus of the original record and delivers a more rounded end-product more in tune with the sound of the second album. The Owls disbanded at the start of 2012, making this their final release, and bringing the story full circle.

01 – Folk Revival (A Garland of Song) – 02:18
02 – The Rolling of the Stones – 03:04
03 – The Bear Ghost – 04:43
04 – Hoodening – 01:36
05 – A Child’s Calendar – 04:07
06 – Katie Cruel – 03:09
07 – The Two Magicians – 03:31
08 – The Dorset Hanging Oak – 06:41
09 – Oxford City – 03:05
10 – The North Country Maid – 02:47
11 – Fine Horseman – 03:37
12 – Robin Hood & the Bold Peddlar – 04:17
13 – The Lammas – 01:45
14 – A Lyke Wake Dirge – 04:48
15 – Apple Tree Man – 03:31
16 – The Gardener Child – 05:28
17 – Turpin Hero – 03:43
18 – Corn Dollies – 01:10
19 – Flanders Shore – 04:55

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