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Thirty five years and thirty five albums into her career, Maddy Prior released her solo album Ravenchild. The record was a journey through mythology, tradition and history; English, Celtic and beyond. Whilst dealing with its warmer aspects, much of the material delves into the darker side of folk music’s heritage. The record’s centre piece is ‘In The Company of Ravens’ itself, inspired by Maddy’s work on the Partridge Films nature documentary. The song cycle examines all aspects of the culture of the raven, from its behaviour to its role in Celtic and Native American tradition.

Elsewhere, Maddy drew her inspiration from the Scottish legend of the Silkie, Napoleon’s tragic march into Russia, the good and the bad times of human experience and the elegant musical backdrops of her collaborators Nick Holland (keyboards) and Troy Donockley (uilean pipes, whistle, guitar, cittern).

1) TWANKYDILLO
2) BOLD POACHERS

WITH NAPOLEON IN RUSSIA

3) BONEY
4) SCORCHED EARTH
5) LOOT
6) RIGS OF THE TIME

IN THE COMPANY OF RAVENS

7) IN THE COMPANY OF RAVENS
8) YOUNG BLOODS
9) THE MASTS OF MORRIGAN
10) RICH PICKINGS
11) RAVENCHILD
12) DANCE ON THE WIND
13) GREAT SILKIE OF SULES SKERRY

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