Said The MaidenSaid The Maiden
Album: Of Maids and Mariners
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 4

For me this was a walk into new pastures and what pleasant and lovely pastures they turned out to be.

I am sure a lot of you know this wonderful three piece but for those of you who like myself have never come across them let me tell you a little about them.

They are three friends from St Albans in Hertfordshire, Jess Distill, Kathy Pilkinton and Hannah Elizabeth who sing their own arrangements of traditional folk songs from the UK and the USA.

Now for this wonderful four track ep. It contains two studio recorded and two tracks recorded at the Redbourn Folk Club.

The opening track is their own arrangement of a traditional song called The Soldier and The Maiden an excellent choice as an opening track had my foot tapping right from the every start and did not stop at all until the end. The track features Stu Hanna on guitar and mandola and tells the story of a meeting of a soldier and a maid in some road side tavern and the night they spent together only to be torn apart in morning by the beating of the regiments drums. He promises to return but alas I think we all know the out out come.

This followed by a brilliant reworking of the Dolly Parton classic Jolene. Gone is the country and weston classic and in comes a traditional English acapella folk song, simply put brilliant.

The next two songs were recorded live at the Redbourn Folk Club. The first is another one of their own rearrangements of a well known track, Paul and Liz Davenport's Spring Tide Rising. A hauntingly beautiful song about a young women who gives away her virtue to a young sailor who sails away and leaves her and the vengeance she wreaks on the sailor.

The ep comes to a close with one of their own songs Polly Can You Swim which tells the story of a woman who hides the fact and goes to sea as a boy to be near her lover all goes well until she and her lover are caught in embrace and her true identity is revealed and she is thrown over board. It is another foot stomper of a track that brings a smile to the listener face.

So there we go Of Maids and Mariners by Said The Maiden and gem of an ep that really encapsulates this wonderful trio.

Andy Chamberlain