London, England – An Echo of Hooves (Topic Records TSCD543) is the title of June Tabor’s new CD.
The recording features a program made up exclusively of the great traditional folk ballads – story telling at its dark, urgent best. June’s regular trio of accompanists (Huw Warren – piano, cello; Mark Emerson – violin, viola; Tim Harries – double bass) is joined by Martin Simpson, guitar and Kathryn Tickell, Northumbrian pipes.Her first steps to becoming a singer began in the Midlands, before her arrival at Oxford University. She quickly became immersed in Oxford’s lively folk scene but also found time to make an appearance on University Challenge. June quickly developed a reputation as a rare,unaccompanied singer who crawled inside the very heart of every song she performed. The predominantly traditional debut solo album Airs and Graces (Topic) (1976) was followed by Ashes and Diamonds (Topic) which showed a desire to extend her repertoire. By the 1980’s she was working in an inventive duo with the renowned guitarist and singer, Martin Simpson.
Now living in the Welsh countryside, she is passionate), June Tabor continues to portray the world’s glory and grief in a unique and exquisite style