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Hill of little shoes
« : 21.04.10 at 23:31 »
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Just been at a wonderful Michael Marra gig at Farnham, and during the interval they played an album which had a great cover of Hill of Little Shoes - couldn't work out who it was by although they also did a great cover of MM's Silence.  Anyone enlighten me?
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« Reply #1: 22.04.10 at 00:52 »
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Sounds like a challenge for Jan, Kevin, or Steve.
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« Reply #2: 22.04.10 at 09:23 »
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I've now managed to work it out - the new Coope, Boyes and Simpson album - sounded excellent and for some reason I found their version of Hill of Little Shoes particularly moving
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« Reply #3: 22.04.10 at 11:05 »
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on 22.04.10 at 09:23, colin_boag wrote:
I've now managed to work it out - the new Coope, Boyes and Simpson album - sounded excellent and for some reason I found their version of Hill of Little Shoes particularly moving

I believe that it's on this album.  
 

Coope, Boyes & Simpson Homepage
 
New album - Out soon
 
Release 31 May 2010  
Album Launch Champagne Reception and CD signing
Shepley Spring Festival
23 May - 5.00pm www.shepleyspringfestival.com
Tickets www.folkstore.co.uk/Tickets/Shepley-Spring-Festival.htm
  www.nomasters.co.uk

 
I believe that it first got into their repertoire because Barry Coope and Jim Boyes liked it and thought it suitable number to perform as part of their their Folk against Fascism[link] gigs.
 
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« Reply #4: 22.04.10 at 15:58 »
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That's the kind of moment I dream of having, Colin.   I'm ashamed to say I didn't know of CB&S, but I've just checked them out on Spotify and they sound like a great outfit.  Can't wait to hear their version.  Hope they don't round down the chords too much, but hey...   Shame they didn't contact us - we're not hard to reach, after all - but never mind, never mind at all.
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« Reply #5: 23.04.10 at 09:38 »
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on 22.04.10 at 15:58, Pete Atkin wrote:
..... Can't wait to hear their version.  .....

 
I omitted to say that one third of the group, Lester Simpson, is co-presenter, with Mick Peat, of BBC Radio Derby's Folkwaves, which is broadcast on Mondays between 7pm and 9pm,  and that tracks from the as if album have been featured on the last two programmes. I do not know what was played on the Monday the 12th of April broadcast, but I know that it was one of Lester's own compositions was featured on this week's programme. So, it is just possible that in coming weeks Hill of little shoes will be given an outing.  
 
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« Reply #6: 28.05.10 at 09:22 »
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I do not suppose enough people read the prolific online folk reviewer David Kidman to notice that, in the course of reviewing Coope Boyes & Simpson's As if for NetRhythn.co.uk , he casually refers to  “the Clive James/Pete Atkin mini-masterpiece A Hill Of Little Shoes”.
 
However let’s hope that larger numbers will read, and have their interest aroused by, by the better known Robin Denselow who has written  in today’s edition of the The Grauniad that on As if there’s  “everything from a sturdy reworking of Clive James and Pete Atkins's pained and powerful Hill of Little Shoes*, Richard Thompson's edgy Keep Your Distance and Robert Burns's The Slave's Lament, while their own new songs are equally varied, from Boyes's political warning Under the Stone and updated satire of The Emperor's New Clothes through to Simpson's powerful Haven, a song of hope for a suffering friend, or a bitter reworking of the Who on We Got Fooled Again. It's all sung a cappella, with occasional minimal percussion and magnificent harmonies throughout”.
 
*I italicized, but deliberately left the typo KC.
 
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The Mike Harding Show
 
Wednesday, 19:00 on BBC Radio 2
 

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases. This week's show features an interview with singer-songwriter Jim Boyes, from the Northern English a cappella trio Coope Boyes & Simpson.
 
Since 1993 the all-male group's remarkable harmonies and unusual arrangements have won them commissions and plaudits from around the world.Their new album, As If, sees them return to contemporary songs and compositions after 2005's traditional collection Triple Echo.
 
Jim tells Mike about the powerful songs they're chosen to receive the CB&S treatment - including works by Michael Marra and Clive James - and the political subjects that have inspired their own songwriting. He also talks about the interesting process by which they arrange their voices, and the various projects they've been working on in recent years.
 
Coope Boyes & Simpson formed in the early 1990s after Barry Coope accompanied Jim Boyes on a record he was making with John Tams. Having previously been a member of vocal group Swan Arcade, Jim fancied a return to all-voice work and recruited Lester Simpson to complete the trio. Their subsequent career has included acclaimed collaborations with the author Michael Morpurgo and Flemish arts organisation Peace Concerts Passendale.
 
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« Reply #7: 31.05.10 at 12:31 »
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This is an extract from Allan Wilkinson’s report for Northern Sky website from Shepley Spring Festival (21-23rd May 2010) at which Cooope Boyes and Simpson launched As if
 
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...... Coope Boyes Simpson's eagerly anticipated set, featuring the bulk of songs from their newly launched album, drew a large crowd in the Festival Hub. With three distinctively strong voices, the entirely a cappella set featured familiar songs such as Jim Boyes' Unison in Harmony and Robert Burns' The Slave's Lament as well as a selection from the new record, Richard Thompson's Keep Your Distance, Silence and the heartbreaking Clive James/Pete Atkin song A Hill of Little Shoes. Lester Simpson also revealed a shared love for The Who, with an alternative look at things with a new song We Got Fooled Again. Before the marquee was vacated to allow for some adjustment in the seating plan in order for the finale of the festival, which would include dancing, MC Mick Peat joined Coope Boyes and Simpson and Will Noble for the traditional singing of The Holmfirth Anthem, always a significant moment in this area of Yorkshire....
 
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« Reply #8: 31.05.10 at 19:15 »
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For a mere £0.79, A Hill of Little Shoes by Coope Boys & Simpson is now available as an MP3 download from Amazon.
 
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« Reply #9: 31.05.10 at 20:09 »
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on 31.05.10 at 19:15, Kevin Cryan wrote:
For a mere £0.79, A Hill of Little Shoes by Coope Boys & Simpson is now available as an MP3 download from Amazon.
 
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A veritable bargain, no doubt. But discerning MVs will go for the whole album, no?
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« Reply #10: 01.06.10 at 09:29 »
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on 31.05.10 at 20:09, Rob Spence wrote:

A veritable bargain, no doubt. But discerning MVs will go for the whole album, no?

 
I'd like to think so. My recommendation was really aimed at those anxious to be among the first to hear how CB&S had treated A Hill of Little Shoes.
 
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as if... Coope Boyes & Simpson (Artist) in CD format from Amazon
 
as if... Coope Boyes & Simpson (Artist) in MP3 format from Amazon
 
as if... Coope Boyes & Simpson (Artist) in CD format from No Masters.*link
 
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No Masters, the northern-based song-writing co-operative, was formed by John Tams and Jim Boyes in 1990. It sought out writers, performers and musicians who were, in their various ways, seeking to celebrate and extend those bits of the people's tradition invariably described as 'radical' or 'political'.
 
Since then, its membership has expanded to include outstanding writers and performers such as Mike Waterson, Jo Freya, Lester Simpson, Barry Coope, Fi Fraser, Ray Hearne, Chumbawamba, and the late Lal Waterson.
 
No Masters celebrates songwriting that addresses issues: that is rooted in its time and its communities: that is engaged with the struggles confronting and reshaping those communities: that pays homage to its traditions by reworking them; and that is unafraid to take sides whilst eschewing propaganda. It is a unique force in folk music.

 
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« Reply #11: 01.06.10 at 18:36 »
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I await my delivery from No Masters as I write and will review on these boards in due course
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« Reply #12: 01.06.10 at 20:55 »
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Barry Coope guested on Monday night's edition of  BBC Radio Derby's Folkwaves If, using the "listen again" link, you skip thirty minutes into the programme, you can hear him talk about As if and introduce two tracks, Spring 1919 and Now is the Cool of the Day, from the album.  
 
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« Reply #13: 02.06.10 at 20:44 »
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The Coope, Boyes & Simpson tracks played on this evening's  The Mike Harding Show (for link, see earlier posting) were Now Is The Cool Of The Day (Jean Richie), A Hill Of Little Shoes (Pete Atkin & Clive James) and Keep Your Distance(Richard Thompson), all from the album As If ... (NMCD35]
 
When the show is available on BBC iPlayer, you can catch the The Coope, Boyes & Simpson segment by skipping the first 22 or 23 minutes of the show.
 
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« Reply #14: 03.06.10 at 11:13 »
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on 02.06.10 at 20:44, Kevin Cryan wrote:
The Coope, Boyes & Simpson tracks played on this evening's  The Mike Harding Show (for link, see earlier posting) were Now Is The Cool Of The Day (Jean Richie), A Hill Of Little Shoes (Pete Atkin & Clive James) and Keep Your Distance(Richard Thompson), all from the album As If ... (NMCD35]
 
When the show is available on BBC iPlayer, you can catch the The Coope, Boyes & Simpson segment by skipping the first 22 or 23 minutes of the show.
 
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« Reply #15: 03.06.10 at 19:36 »
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Also to be found on Youtube.
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« Reply #16: 05.06.10 at 15:42 »
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Thanks to Colin for originally posting this, and Kevin for all the useful follow-ups.  
 
Having listened to it, I think it's quite lovely, if that's the word I'm looking for for this song. As Kevin says here and Colin says in his post on the Adrian Edmondson thread, I, too, find this version very moving - there's something almost childlike in the harmony. Despite the subject matter it never really got to me until I heard this recording.  It's marvellous to hear an Atkin/James song given such splendid and sympathetic treatment.
 
And Coope, Boyes and Simpson sound remarkably like Swan Arcade used to! Hooray!
 
Give it a listen if you haven't already.
 
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« Reply #17: 05.06.10 at 19:21 »
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on 05.06.10 at 15:42, Carole wrote:
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And Coope, Boyes and Simpson sound remarkably like Swan Arcade used to! Hooray!
 
Give it a listen if you haven't already.
 
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Their sounding remarkably like Swan Arcade is not all that surprising when you realize - as you probably did, Carole - that one third of CB&S, Jim Boyes,  was one third of the original lineup of Swan Arcade.
 
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« Reply #18: 05.06.10 at 19:35 »
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Yes, I certainly did, Kevin.  
 
And just to prove I'll "put my money where my mouth is" we're going to see them at Belper School this Thursday (10th).  
 
http://www.coopeboyesandsimpson.co.uk/  
 
There are still tickets available, or there were earlier today. Anyone else going?
 
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« Reply #19: 09.06.10 at 12:11 »
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Hi everyone
I'm Jude from No Masters, who have put out the wonderful new Coope, Boye and Simpson album with the heartbreaking version of Hill Of Little Shoes on it.  
We did try and get permission from both Hillside Music and United Agents (Clive James' agents) but received no reply from either. But we should have credited the writers and publishers in the sleeve notes. What can I say - something always slips through the proofreading net - believe me, there's one on every album!
 
So, Pete, if you want me to send you (and Clive) a copy of the album, I'd be happy to do so.
 
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