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The Phil Langran Band The Distance
Folkwit Records November 17, 2017

The Phil Langran Band — The Distance (Nov. 17, 2017)

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Location: Nottingham, UK
Genre: Blues/Country/Folk > Folk
Album release: November 17, 2017
Record Label: Folkwit Records
01. Time’s Dark Wing     4:30 
02. The Distance     1:57 
03. Jesse’s Gone     4:34 
04. Kitty Tyrell / Sky Gathering     7:04 
05. Whose Angel Child     3:40 
06. You’ve Got To Love This Road     5:35 
07. The Fall     2:53 
08. The Rule of The Heart     4:28 
09. The Long Home     3:12 
10. To Be Continued     1:46
→      The Distance is the fourth album released by The Phil Langran Band. Band leader Phil Langran’s songs are a powerful combination of immediacy and slow~burning subtlety. Their melodies instantly take up residence in the mind while the lyrics pack a considerable emotional punch. This is set off to great effect by Phil’s line in dry, laconic humour which accompanies the live shows. The songs and lyrics are masterpieces of succinctness, and seem to work effortlessly on several levels, belying the craftsmanship that has gone into their making. Phil is not only a fine musician but also a writer steeped in the poetic traditions of Robert Frost and Langston Hughes. The result is a brilliant intertwining of Americana, Celtic, Folk and Blues themes in distinctive original songs. Like all the best songwriters, Phil has created his own genre, where Harlem nights and New York cityscapes rub shoulders with the west coast of Ireland and scenes from Werner Herzog’s films.
→      The Distance represents another collection of fine original songs from The Phil Langran Band with it’s opening track ‘Time’s Dark Wing’ receiving high praise from some notable contemporaries:
★λ★    “Oh that is lovely. A good song and very moving performance. I am very pleased to have listened to that before bed.” — Teddy Thompson
★λ★    “That’s a great tune. Prine & Van Zandt would approve!” — Roddy Woomble
★λ★    “I love that song so much.” — Kathryn Williams
Previous releases have also attracted praise:
★λ★    “Musically astute and lyrically absorbing...A warm, intelligent set of songs for folkies.” — The Morning Star
★λ★    “His vocals are utterly British and delivered with understated charm...The band synthesises folk, Americana, and blues influences to produce a languorous, folksy backdrop for the words”. — R2/Rock’n’Reel
★λ★    “A Gem” — BBC Celtic Heartbeat
★λ★    “Provides a smooth engaging listen for the folk music lover who likes it straight and true.” — David Hintz, Folkworld #49
★λ★    The band regularly play live and are regulars at the Otley Folk Festival.
Website: https://phillangranband.wordpress.com/ 
Label: http://folkwit.com/
The sky is emptying out
I lie on a blanket of snow
All that I once cared about
The earth, the heart and the home
All stealing away from me now
All feeling escaping me now
And I’m all cried out
A shell of doubt
All the treasures we bring
Gathered under time’s dark wing
All the measures we sing
Counted under time’s dark wing
I’m locked to the earth
And darkness is reeling around
Bread has turned to dirt
And comfort abandons the land
And if I made it home again
Would you even know me then
When I’m all cried out
A shell of doubt
Phil Langran                                                                                                                                                   Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.
Robert Frost
Now Close The Windows
Now close the windows and hush all the fields:
If the trees must, let them silently toss;
No bird is singing now, and if there is,
Be it my loss.
It will be long ere the marshes resume,
I will be long ere the earliest bird:
So close the windows and not hear the wind,
But see all wind~stirred.
Robert Frost

Website: https://phillangranband.wordpress.com/ // FB: https://www.facebook.com/The-Phil-Langran-Band-112311815454623/

The Phil Langran Band The Distance
Folkwit Records November 17, 2017



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