The Enchanted Garden

The Enchanted Garden

by John Renbourn Group



An unusually enchanting album, even for John Renbourn; The Enchanted Garden is a follow-up to the John Renbourn Group's 1977 A Maid in Bedlam, devoted to medieval and Renaissance dance and classical music, as well as folk material and Indian ragas. The opening "Pavane" and "Tourdion," not to mention the 18th century carol "The Truth from Above" -- all among the prettiest pieces with which Renbourn has been associated -- are the sort of material that Noah Greenberg and New York Pro Musica used to do for classical audiences in the late '50s, and there's a Rameau harpsichord piece transcribed for dulcimer here, as well. Not that they don't "folk out" in various sections of this record -- "The Plains of Waterloo," with Jacqui McShee's vocals, could almost have passed for a Pentangle track, and she turns in one of her best performances ever (rivaling Sandy Denny's best) on the eerie and haunting "The Maid on the Shore" and "A Bold Young Farmer" (in her own arrangement). The dazzling eight-minute finale, "Sidi Brahim," is arguably one of the finest meldings of Eastern and Western musical influences you'll ever hear, with a subtlety and developmental sophistication that would humble George Harrison and Co. John Molineux, who plays the mandolin and dulcimer as well as fiddle, succeeds fiddle player Sue Draheim in the band, which also includes Glen Tommy on snare drum, Tony Roberts on flutes and recorders, and Keshav Sathe on tabla and finger cymbals.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2005
Label: Castle Music Uk
UPC: 5050749411235
catalogNumber: 1123

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Renbourn Group   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Tony Roberts   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Cymbals,Glockenspiel,Recorder,Vocals,Wind,Whistle (Instrument),Sopranino,Descant,Soprano Recorder,Cornemeuse,Tenor Recorder
John Renbourn   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jacqui McShee   Vocals
John Molineux   Dulcimer,Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Human Whistle,Spoons,Bowed Psaltery,Mandoline
Kesh Sathie   Percussion
Glen Tommy   Drums,Snare Drums
Keshav Sathe   Cymbals,Tabla,finger cymbals
John Monineux   Dulcimer,Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Whistle (Instrument),Spoons,Psaltery

Technical Credits

Tony Roberts   Contributor
John Renbourn   Arranger,Producer
David Lord   Engineer
Jacqui McShee   Arranger
John Molineux   Arranger
Keshav Sathe   Arranger
David Suff   Annotation
Traditional   Composer
Becky Stewart   Reissue Design

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