The Imagined Village

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The Imagined Village
Origin UK
Genres Contemporary folk
Years active 2004 (2004)–present
Labels ECC
Associated acts Paul Weller, Billy Bragg
Website www.theimaginedvillage.com

The Imagined Village is a folk musical project founded by Simon Emmerson of the Afro Celt Sound System. It is intended to produce modern folk music that represents modern multiculturalism in the United Kingdom and as such, features musicians from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The name of the project comes from the 1993 book The Imagined Village by Georgina Boyes.[1]

The project started in 2004, and led to the release of an eponymous album in 2007 by a collective of artists on Real World Records.[2] Some of the tracks on it are modern re-interpretations of traditional folk songs.

The Imagined Village E.P. was released earlier in 2007, and is a remix of the album tracks. The 2008 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards voted "Cold, Hailey, Rainy Night" as best traditional track.[3]

In 2009, the project moved to a new record label, ECC Records, and a second album, Empire & Love was released in January 2010.[4]

Discography[edit]

The Imagined Village[edit]

The Imagined Village
Studio album by Various Artists
Released 2007
Recorded 2007
Genre Nu folk, dub poetry, world fusion
Label Real World Records
Producer Virgin Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
No. Title Main Artists Length
1. "'Ouses 'Ouses 'Ouses"   John Copper and Sheila Chandra 6:20
2. "John Barleycorn"   Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy and Paul Weller 5:42
3. "Tam Lyn Retold"   Benjamin Zephaniah and Eliza Carthy 9:22
4. "Death and the Maiden Retold"   Tunng 3:48
5. "Cold, Hailey, Rainy Night"   Eliza Carthy, Chris Wood, Transglobal Underground and The Young Copper Family 6:10
6. "Welcome Sailor"   Sheila Chandra and Chris Wood 5:44
7. "Acres of Ground"   Eliza Carthy 4:47
8. "Pilsden Pen"   The Village Band 5:17
9. "Hard Times of Old England Retold"   Billy Bragg, Simon Emmerson, The Young Copper Family and Eliza Carthy 5:38
10. "Kit Whites 1 & 2"   The Gloworms 4:44
11. "Sloe on the Uptake"   Tiger Moth 3:33


The Imagined Village E.P.[edit]

The Imagined Village E.P.
Studio album by Various Artists
Released 2007
Recorded 2007
Genre Nu folk, dub poetry, world fusion
Label Real World Records
No. Title Main Artists Length
1. "England Half English meets John Barleycorn"   Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy  
2. "Acres of Ground (Beats Mix)"   Eliza Carthy  
3. "Welcome Sailor"   Sheila Chandra, Chris Wood  
4. "Cold Hailey, Rainy Night (It's Turned Out Nice Mix)"   Transglobal Underground  


Empire & Love[edit]

Empire & Love
Studio album by The Imagined Village
Released 2010
Genre Folk, nu folk, world fusion
Label Proper
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
The Guardian 4/5 stars link
No. Title Length
1. "My Son John"   6:09
2. "Sweet Jane"   7:47
3. "Space Girl"   3:55
4. "Byker Hill"   6:02
5. "Scarborough Fair"   6:50
6. "Mermaid"   6:05
7. "The Handweaver and the Factory Maid"   5:08
8. "Lark in the Morning"   4:09
9. "Rosebuds in June" / "Mrs Preston's Hornpipe"   6:45
10. "Cum on Feel the Noize"   4:12
11. "Scarborough Fair (String reprise)"   6:50


Bending The Dark[edit]

Bending The Dark
Studio album by The Imagined Village
Released 2012
Label ECC Records
No. Title Length
1. "The Captain's Apprentice"   1:25
2. "New York Trader"   6:22
3. "Winter Singing"   4:44
4. "The Guvna"   6:09
5. "Sick Old Man"   6:29
6. "Next"   4:43
7. "Fisherman"   4:05
8. "Get Kalsi"   5:41
9. "Washing Song"   3:29
10. "Bending the Dark"   12:21


On tour[edit]

The Imagined Village live band have toured since November 2007. The original lineup consisted of Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Sheila Chandra, Chris Wood and The Young Coppers, backed by a band featuring Simon Emmerson, Johnny Kalsi, Francis Hylton, Andy Gangadeen, Sheema Mukherjee and Barney Morse Brown. They also appeared on Later with Jools Holland.

A revised lineup was announced for their 2010 tour, coinciding with the release of Empire & Love: Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, and Chris Wood, backed by a band featuring Simon Emmerson, Johnny Kalsi, Ali Friend, Andy Gangadeen, Simon Richmond, Sheema Mukherjee and Barney Morse Brown.[4]

In 2011 Jackie Oates joined the band for their live performances including at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boyes, Georgina (2010). The Imagined Village: Culture, ideology and the English Folk Revival. London: No Masters Cooperative Limited. ISBN 978-0-9566227-0-9. 
  2. ^ "The Imagined Village". imaginedvillage.com. Real World Records. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "BBC – Radio 2 – Folk Awards 2008 – Winers & Nominees". BBC. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "the Imagined Village". www.emmersoncorncrakeconstantine.co.uk. ECC Records. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 

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