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Rosie Ann

from Hadelin by Chris Foster

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    55 minutes of music. Comes in a beautiful matt finish, 6 page digipak with a full colour 12 page booklet, lavishly illustrated with photographs. Design by Inga Elsa Bergþórsdóttir, photography by Chris Foster and Gísli Egill Hrafnsson.

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ROSIE ANN (Child 51)
I found this version of the Lucy Wan ballad in ‘Constant Lov¬ers’, a little songbook edited by Frank Purslow in the 1970s. It was sung to George Gardiner by Frank Harrington of Cadnam, Hampshire, in 1908. Apparently, he only sang the last verse and then said words to the effect “You know the brother was the fa¬ther of his sister’s child”, thus revealing the identity of the song. Frank Purslow compiled the rest of the text from broadside sources. I have moulded it a bit more, and so the song lives on.


Full lyrics are on my website at: www.chrisfoster-iceland.com


from Hadelin, track released February 3, 2017
Chris Foster: Vocal
Jackie Oates: Five string viola


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Chris Foster Reykjavik, Iceland

Chris Foster grew up in the south west of England. A master of his trade, he was recently described as “one of the finest singers and most inventive guitar accompanists of English folk songs, meriting legend status.” Over the past 40 years, he has toured throughout the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA. He has recorded six solo albums as well as working on many collaborative projects. ... more

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