Chalkhills EP

by Rebsie Fairholm

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It's been a long nine years since I released any of my own music. This three-track EP is a return to my solo sound and an exploration of where the future might take me. The dreamy psych-folk vibe is still there, as are my 12-string guitars, but the outlook is perhaps warmer and brighter.

The EP opens with a 16th century madrigal by John Wilbye made from many layered voices. Although I've been true to the original arrangement, my performance is more natural and earthy than you would get from a classical rendition of this kind of song. Personally I feel that madrigals sound best 'au naturel' with a bit of human feeling in them.

The other two songs are my own, rooted as always in the fields and hills of the English landscape.

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released June 25, 2018

All vocals and instruments by Rebsie Fairholm.

Songs composed by Rebsie Fairholm except "Weep, O Mine Eyes", a madrigal by John Wilbye, first published in 1598.

Recorded and mixed in Cheltenham, England for Sonic Spongecake Records.
Artwork and design by Rebsie.
Mastered by Mark Harmer.

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Rebsie Fairholm Cheltenham, UK

Dark haunting psych-folk, inspired by the English landscape and the lingering spirits of the ancestors. I play 12-string guitar, harp, piano, whistle, psaltery and whatever else comes to hand. My solo albums so far are "Mind the Gap" and "Seven Star Green". ... more

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Track Name: Weep, O Mine Eyes
Weep, weep O mine eyes and cease not
Your spring tides out alas methinks increase not.

O when, O when begin you
to swell so high that I may drown me in you?
Track Name: The Moon in the Furrow
Moon on high
Draw the tide
Set the plough
To the furrows wide

Crown the vale with a borrowed dawn
Chase the stars from the hollow corn
Mine is the field in the shadows bright
Aurora in my hair tonight

Luminous, magnetised
Sowed my heart from the fallow skies
Sublimate eternity
Your ascent a call to me

You shine on a world of dream
So near and so real
You light me up, oh
You light me up

You shine on a world of dream (moon on high, draw the tide)
So near and so real (set the plough to the furrows wide)
You light me up, oh (moon on high, draw the tide)
I dream you up
Track Name: Chalkhill Blue
Sky-blue beauty
You fly near the ground
When your colour is of wide skies
Oh I follow the earthbound flight
Of all your wanders
What can I do?
You sang for me and I’ll sing for you
Chalkhill blue
Chalkhill blue

And you know what to do
With the violets I bring you
Cause they’ll bloom in the winter
Stasis reigns
A path remains
Shining in splendour
Oh are you moved
By this quiet love?
It hangs unseen
On a chalkhill breeze
That stirs the velvet barley
Chalkhill blue
Chalkhill blue

Sky-blue, you don’t see
How lovely your colours are
Oh-oh, you don’t see
How beautiful you are

There’s hush in the west
And hope from the dust
And you must remember
All the colours you bring
To this world when you sing
Just being what you are
From a chalkhill blue
To the white rose that blooms in the garden
Chalkhill blue
Chalkhill blue

You’ll see beyond the trees
The sky awaits your song
You’ll find below the sky
The chalkhill where you belong

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