The Medlars

by The Medlars

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"An album to treasure and a band to watch out for." - Folk Radio UK

"Strong vocals, strings, horns and flute… that will sound great under starlit festival skies." - fRoots

"A rollercoaster ride unlike anything else on the block" - Acoustic Magazine

"Remains with you and leaves you wanting more" - FolkWords

"‘Jimmy Grayburn plays a mean banjo. He’s supported by violin, flute, mandolin, cello, bass and drums, providing a laid back but rhythmic vibe" - R2

"It is as though they have gone back to try and find the heart of folk music and then built themselves around it. They breathe fresh life into the folk genre as they draw influences from across the globe." Artree

The debut release on Pear o'Legs Records from the 7 piece contemporary folk band based in London. This album presents raw and rhythmically driven folk music with orchestral and psychedelic undertones that complement frontman Jimmy Grayburn’s political and socially conscious lyrics.

The Medlars are:

Jimmy Grayburn - Lead vocals and banjo
Ribhu Choudhuri - Bass guitar and vocals
Charlie Egan - Drums and vocals
Suzie McCarthy - Violin and vocals
Francesca Picciano Moss - Flute and vocals
Rowan Tinker - Mandolin, tenor horn and vocals
Lucie Trémolières - Cello

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released May 5, 2017

Song and Lyrics by Jimmy Grayburn
Arrangements by the Medlars

Guest Singer Bella Driessen - The Old Eagle

Produced by Arran Glass
Recorded at Soup Studios
Mixed Giles Barrett
Mastered by Nick Watson & Oli Morgan at Fluid Mastering
Editing for Heart of a Home (Radio Edit) by Pete Thomas
Design by Bella Driessen

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The Medlars London, UK

The Medlars are a seven piece contemporary folk band based in London. They formed in early 2016 and released their debut album 5th May 2017.

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Track Name: Heart of a Home
Dig deep into the Earth
Dig as deep as you can
Drill through the rocks of the Earth
Dig deep every man

Dig deep for the gold
Rip the Earth right back
Sprays out multi-coloured
Ancient and black

Chorus
The eyes of a house
Heart of a home
Plucked from their sockets
Filled with Makrolon®

Mould it and shape it
Make it beautiful
Mould it around your body
Forget the linen and the wool

Squeeze it through the windows
And the doors of every home
Search through the whole of society
With a fine plastic comb

Chorus

Burn it for its heat, burn it as a fuel
Burn it to keep us warm and to keep us cool

Build the roads and build the cars
To get us places fast
So that every place you go
Can be just the same as the last

Chorus
Track Name: Fly the Wheel
Blackberry picking I’m finger lickin’
As we hop from tree to tree
The fire lights brewing the beer behind the burner
It’s up on the hill for me

Chorus
Fly the wheel, run the river
Fly the wheel, run the river

Past the tilling of the clay red earth
The black earth and the brown
Out the dales and into the glens
England’s ribbons unwound

Chorus

Caught the ferry then another few
Said farewell mainland
Every mile was ten years past
Like rocks to sand

Well I’ll go with you, to the setting sun
Well I’ll go with you and it won’t seem long

Chorus
Track Name: The Old Eagle
Circle me round and round
Circle me round and round
And for a moment, the circle is everything
Me and all of you that make up this ring.

Chorus
Crisps and the candles,
The beer and the banjos.
Ode to the lamp light
With music through the late night.
We’re all in the pub to sing.
So let it ring!

Embrace me, take my hand,
Fingers gripping, round and round
And for a moment, the music is every thing
But without you all it’s just vibrating strings

Chorus

Circle me, round and round
Circle me, round and round
Circle me, round and round
Circle me, round and round

Chorus
Track Name: Last Train
Past the Lydbrook junction
And the Hadnock Halt
The last train out the station
To Herefordshire my home

Goodbye to the Wye Valley Rail
That glided the river so well
But Kerne Bridge was one too far
To swerve the river’s swell

There’s champagne and there’s brandy
The driver tips his hat
He’s had two glasses of the stuff
Before we reach Symonds Yat

And the people all are waving
Goodbye to the tracks
And hello to a brand new road
To bring the tourists back

The last train out the station
The last train on the line
The first cut for the country
In 1959.

Goodbye to the buses
The 21st cuts hard
But the train is only sixty pounds
With a young persons railcard

The last train out the station
The last train on the line
Another cut for the country
In a town and a city’s time.
Track Name: The Roundhouse
We went out, searching for Mars
Out in the meadows, out with the stars
Theo, Jess, Tallulah, you, me and my brother
Out for the night, out for the sight,
Of the red planet, burning so bright

Chorus
And all around us was the roundhouse
Lanterns lit the light through the wild wood
Our friends weaved around the wattle and the daub
We squeezed them all in as best as we could.

We walked through the dark dark wood
The path that we took climbed so high
The embers of the fire floated past the maple leafs
Up to join the stars to brighten the sky.

The music and the food, the drink and the talk
Flowed throughout the evening
It past through the pools and up through the trees
Up to join the moon as it announced it’s leaving

Chorus

And as the moon waned, we all waited
And announced, all as one,
We’ll hold our breath all together
And wait for the rising of the sun
Track Name: The Crag
The crag on the coast, an outcrop of land
Looks out on the sea
And everyday it’s touched by the waves
That wear it continuously
But the crag has the coast to guard its back
And keep it company

Every wave it meets is different
Each with their own qualities
Some are soft and others are rough
Waves from the seven seas
But the crag has the coast as its constant
To keep it company

The waves scoop around gnaw at it’s sides
Until an arch is born
It becomes the playground for seals and fish
Until the arch falls down.
And now the crag, has no constant
The sea is all around
It’ll stand for a time, all alone
Until it is drowned
Track Name: Heart of a Home (Radio Edit)
Dig deep into the Earth
Dig as deep as you can
Drill through the rocks of the Earth
Dig deep every man

Dig deep for the gold
Rip the Earth right back
Sprays out multi-coloured
Ancient and black

Chorus
The eyes of a house
Heart of a home
Plucked from their sockets
Filled with Makrolon®

Squeeze it through the windows
And the doors of every home
Search through the whole of society
With a fine plastic comb

Chorus