Darren Hayman- Thankful Villages Vol 2

Darren Hayman- Thankful Villages Vol 2

19.99

English songwriter and former Hefner frontman Darren Hayman continues his journey around the United Kingdom’s 54 Thankful Villages. A Thankful Village is a village where every soldier returned alive from World War One. An ongoing and hugely ambitious folk project, Thankful Villages is only partially concerned with the war itself, moreover it is a celebration of British rural life. Darren pulls together first person interviews, folk tales and songs, field recordings and his own personal experiences to create a vast patchwork depicting community, history and legend. Thankful Villages Volume 2 is less an album but something akin to an arcane musical radio documentary. The success of the first volume of Thankful Villages has encouraged Hayman to go deeper into his subject. Themes of “the river” and “death” weave their way through these eighteen villages. A centuries old drowning is uncovered in Arkholme on bonfire night. Dennis, the river man, tells us of a tragedy on the Weir in Cromwell. Judy Dyble, the original singer of folk legends Fairport Convention, joins Darren in the village of Upper Slaughter and sings a lyric about the generations flowing like water through the village. Darren uncovers two World War II air disasters in Woodend and Wrigsley, where he records in the abandoned control tower at the airfield, the so-called cemetery of lights. Perhaps the most shocking and miraculous of tales is found in Flixborough where in 1974 the local plastics factory exploded killing everyone inside but nobody in the lucky village. Derek and his son tell us the story of finding each other amongst shards of glass. However, glimpses of light shine through the darkness; a sunny day of wild swimming in Telisford, a village fete with bell ringing in East Norton and a tale of a grateful Belgian Refugee in Norton Le Clay.

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