A beautiful and remarkably assured debut album from Ian King, Panic Grass & Fever Few mixes English traditional song with a very contemporary sound palate. Working with the acclaimed On-U sound crew – Adrian Sherwood and Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald – has enabled King to bring a new and exciting perspective to the songs of Old England.
“It’s been quite a while since I felt this excited and impressed by a singer. Ian King has star-quality and a commanding stage-presence. He is a grown-up singer, straightforward and strong, and his band, which includes the incomparable Skip McDonald, surprises and intrigues with accompaniments that are elegant, witty, daring and powerful. This is English folk music for the 21st century!” Shirley Collins Continue reading..
Our friends at Six Spices in Holland have produced a deluxe 180gm vinyl edition of IAN KING‘s splendid PANIC GRASS & FEVER FEW album. The LP will be released on 21st November (6S 229009). We have a limited number of copies available for mail order sale.
A great deal of excitement is building up around a superb new Fledg’ling release – PANIC GRASS & FEVER FEW – the debut album from IAN KING.
Unusually Ian King was the subject of a fRoots magazine cover story some eight months before the appearance of his imminent debut album, Ian King now finds himself on the verge of ubiquity. Born in Yorkshire, a dry-stone waller by trade and a punk by nature, King is “a big fan of folk music from around the globe, what they call world music”. He maintains: “I might not be from the traditional English school of folk but I sincerely believe that all traditional music shares a common ground. My objective is to create a sound with broad appeal beyond just folk”. On Panic Grass and Fever Few – incidentally the title comes from a phrase in John Hersey’s war retrospective Hiroshima where the author refers to the green shoots of herbs that swiftly emerged from the ashes of that catastrophic event (King thought it juxtaposed rather nicely with the gentler folk sensibilities of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme) – King has done much more than that: he’s created a musical landscape uniquely suited to the multi-cultured ether that surrounds us.
Panic Grass & Fever Few was recorded with Adrian Sherwood and the legendary On-U Sound crew and is a major milestone in the continuing development of English folk-rock. The CD will be released on 24th January 2010. You may pre-order a signed copy now from the Fledg’ling online shop.
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