Folk Singer Olivia Chaney Sings With Concerto Caledonia On New Purcell Release
Fresh off a North American tour in February, British folk singer Olivia Chaney joins several starry guests on the new release from David McGuinness and his indomitable early-music-meets-nu-folk group Concerto Caledonia. Their present venture on Delphian Records, Purcell's Revenge: Sweeter Than Roses?, even more than most, eludes verbal description. The group returns to the territory of their 2011 Britten tribute Revenge of the Folksingers, now engaging with music by Henry Purcell in a tapestry of arrangements and creative responses that is never less than surprising. Variations by eighteenth-century Scot James Oswald rub shoulders with the Purcell tunes they are based on, while original songs by Chaney and Ana Silvera and some literally 'electrifying' instrumental contributions add to the general air of expectations confounded.
The Chicago Reader calls Purcell's Revenge "a fascinating effort...Chaney and fellow UK folksinger Jim Moray join the group, which boldly mixes period instruments with modern ones...'One Charming Night'—which features [Jim] Moray's distorted electric guitar seething past lines played on ancient instruments like an alto recorded, a nyckelharpa, and a bass viol...honors that sort of hybrid sound, which helps draw Purcell into the modern era. The vocals are handled again by Chaney, sounding as stunning as ever."
Listen to "One Charming Night" and "Cassiopeia" below. Purcell's Revenge: Sweeter Than Roses? is available now on Delphian.
Olivia Chaney has a new release entitled The Longest River coming in April on Nonesuch Records.