The water is wide

from These Islands by Albion

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    A new collection of the music of these islands, the timeless songs and words that make up the rich musical tradition of Britain and Ireland, in beautiful new choral settings.

    The fifteen tracks of 'These Islands' represent some of the most popular pieces from the group’s formative years. Twelve unaccompanied voices are joined by piano on three tracks including Greensleeves, a medieval love song reputedly composed by King Henry VIII.

    Amongst the British and Irish songs reclothed in lush choral harmonies are Scarborough Fair, Loch Lomond, Jerusalem, and Danny Boy. They are combined with Fraser Wilson’s beautiful new settings of text including WB Yeats’ 'He wishes for the cloths of heaven' and Robert Burns’ 'My love is like a red rose'.

    These Islands is a distinctive choral compilation from a group that cannot be categorised, and represents a unique and gladdening contribution to a rich musical tradition.

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THE WATER IS WIDE
Somerset; ?16th century

The water is wide, I cannot get o'er
And neither have I wings to fly.
O go and get me a little boat,
To carry o'er my true love and I.

Where love is planted, there it grows,
It buds and blossoms like a rose;
It has a sweet and pleasant smell,
No flow'r on earth can it excel.

There is a ship sailing on the sea,
She's loaded deep as deep can be,
But not so deep as in love am I;
I care not if I live or die.

O love is handsome and love is fine,
And love is charming when it is true;
As it grows old it groweth cold
And fades away like the morning dew.

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from These Islands, released March 1, 2014

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The music of "these islands" - folksongs, madrigals, chant, and anthems from the British Isles (and beyond) - reimagined through new arrangements and compositions in the unique choral sound of Albion.

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