Said the Maiden - Oh Holy Night

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    "Not a hint of yuletide treacle on this atmospheric, no frills compilation from a label that is nurturing some of our most promising folk talent. Balancing the religious and the secular, the playlist goes gently on it's way. Minnie Birch's Snowman and Kaity Rae's Red Paper Wrapping tap into the spirit of midwinter; Kate Rouse's Hammered Dulcimer underpins Daria Kulesh's I Watch the Snow, Dave Swarbrick, a member of folk's old guard helps out on John Farndon's elegiac Peace in My Heart. There isn't a weak link to be found" Clive Davis, The Sunday Times "Essential Christmas Releases" 14.12.14

    "If you want something that's just that little bit different to listen to or give as a stocking filler this Christmas then it's well worth having a listen to this collection of fairly new artists who are in the Folkstock stable".
    Who's "strong and emotive voice brings a genuine warm feeling to the sad song which wouldn't be out of place as the John Lewis Christmas ad for next year"?
    Who "has a voice that is crystal clear and laser precise...The way she sings it harks back to the heady days of the sixties in style"?
    Whose child like voice evokes this image ? "you can almost see the steam from this gentle and breathy voice dissipating in the cold festive air"
    Which Someone "is well on her way to being one of the most sought after performers on the folk circuit"

    Who might this be ? "It has just that hint of mischief and bawdiness and is one of those songs which should be brought out when everyone has been fed and has sunk more than a couple of sherries with Aunt Maggie."
    Which track has "The absolutely wonderful opening of the dulcimer which evokes visions of the individual snowflakes falling, is the silver sixpence in the Christmas pudding...." which is embellished by a "refined and cut glass crystal voice which is a pure delight who provides us with "a really thought-provoking ballad that does have a feel of a hybrid between a carol and a traditional music hall song".
    There might be a clue here "have a wonderful set of voices which harmonise like they were triplets."
    and finally, whose voice did Danny feel could have done with any accompaniment ? "he could have sung this gentle and undulating traditional hymn a cappella and it would have been just as good if not better".
    "Among all the festive compilations and rehashed Christmas songs, if you want something different, that little bit alternative and which has been given a little more thought then you could do a lot worse than The Christmas Present which, once unwrapped, has some traditional tunes song by some fresh and delightful voices."Danny Farragher

    ‘The Christmas Present’ Various Artists - a sparkling compilation from Folkstock Records(November 25, 2014)
    " As someone wholly dedicated to both the spirit and season of Christmas in all its atmosphere and substance, the words ‘Christmas album’ often fill me with a desperate foreboding. They Christmas present Folkstock various artistsusually herald another collection of pointless, sugary-sweet pop-pap or a turgid regurgitation of ancient songs better consigned to history. That means I treat every Christmas compilation with a massive degree of suspicion. However, the latest Christmas offering to come my way is ‘The Christmas Present’, a sparkling compilation from Folkstock Records. And with the unerring certainty of recordings received from Folkstock, this is an album definitely worth its turkey and trimmings. No socks, bath salts and hankies here - this is a feast you’ll want to savour. However you take your Christmas, traditional or contemporary, secular or sacred, this album will touch some part of you. And you’ll feel all the better for it. Folkstock launches ‘The Christmas Present’ at The Southbank Centre on Friday 28 November 2014." Folkwords, Tim Carroll.

    Could this be the new soundtrack to your Christmas ? From the bawdy to the beautiful, this jewel of a seasonal selection offers both a respite from and a reminder of the reality of Christmas. Something for everyone, whether classical or original, relaxing or rousing, the full gamut of emotions are presented within the nine carefully curated tracks of ‘The Christmas Present’ released on Folkstock Records, produced by Lauren Deakin Davies.
    Ephemeral escapism, crushing disappointment, abundant social injustices, the serenity of peace, the emergence of hope, the support of friends old and new, are all here in a Christmas collection which we are proud to present this wintertime.

    Engaging and thought provoking songs, ranging from the familiar to fresh classics of the future.

    Thank you to Kaity Rae, Zoe Wren, Minnie Birch, Pete Guy, Kelly Oliver, Garry Smith, Daria Kulesh, John Farndon (ft. Dave Swarbrick) and Said the Maiden for offering to be part of our first Christmas release.
    released November 21, 2014

    Produced by Lauren Deakin Davies
    Executive Producer Helen Meissner

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" Said the Maiden who are Hannah Elizabeth, Jess Distill and Kathy Pilkinton, have a wonderful set of voices which harmonise like they were triplets.
When traditional carols are included on an album such as this they can tend to be either devoid of any real emotion, schmaltzy or commercially saccharin - fortunately STM have done it justice. This is a lovely modern take on O Holy Night and churches and choirs would do well to incorporate this version into their curriculum." Danny Farragher

Said the Maiden are a Hertfordshire-based vocal trio, making waves on the folk scene. All musicians from an early age, they were involved in shows and concerts together at school in St Albans, but found few outlets for their talents in the working world - until they learned a couple of songs to play at nearby Redbourn Folk Club just for fun. When the crowd called for more but they didn't have any more to sing, they knew they were onto something! Their well-matched vocals and gorgeous arrangements bring new life to traditional songs, and over time they have fleshed out their sound with accompaniments on the accordion, ukulele, guitar, violin and flute.

In March 2013 the girls self released their debut EP "Come Hither". The five-track cd was met with great reviews from fans and critics alike, and was followed by the June 2014 release of their debut album "A Curious Tale", which was, again, met with fantastic reviews.

They have been blown away by the praise and encouragement they've received from the folk community so far, and in just one year have found themselves playing dozens of gigs around the country, from folk clubs and fundraisers to festivals (including Folk By The Oak, Folkeast and Bunkfest), local talent showcases and headline spots. In recent months, Said The Maiden have played as the support act for some big names, including The Fisherman's Friends, Sarah McQuaid, Megson and Hannah James & Sam Sweeney. In April and May 2014 the girls were honoured to join Dave Swarbrick on a tour of the UK, which took them all around the country as the main support act for 14 dates.


from The Christmas Present, released November 21, 2014



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