Hal An Tow

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    Marc's new album, Brisk & Breezy, sees him revisit the “jaunty acoustipop” of his former band, Marc Block and the Breezes, overdubbing his own voice, guitar, bouzouki, harmonicas and percussion, with further backing vocals by Rachel Delicata and double bass by Martin Bentley. It’s an exuberant collection of mostly original songs, including new recordings of some of Marc’s old favourites from his younger days.

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A traditional Cornish song about Maying. I rewrote the verses because they didn't make any sense to me. I realise that the rewriting of traditional songs upsets some people, but I firmly believe that folk songs belong to all of us, the folk, thus any of us can do what we like with them.

lyrics

Hal An Tow Marc Block/Trad © Glasspool Music 2012

Take no scorn to wear the horn
It was the crest when you were born
Your father’s father wore it
And your father wore it too

Hal an tow, jolly rumble-o
We were up long before the day-o
To welcome in the summer, to welcome in the May-o
For the summer is a-coming in and winter’s gone away-o

Robin Hood and Little John
Both are in the green-o
And in the greenwood we will go
And see what they have seen-o

The Hornèd Hunter and the Hare
Are rising for the dawn-o
To be the first to chase the buck
And run all in the morn-o

Warmer days are on the way
And that’s what makes the May so gay
The garland wound around the pole
Makes the Queen’s delight

The fires that we light tonight
Blaze all in the field-o
And those that make the sacred rite
Bless and quick the yield-o

credits

from Brisk & Breezy, released October 7, 2016
Marc Block: Lead and backing vocals, bodhrán.
Rachel Delicata: Backing vocals

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Marc Block Nottingham, UK

"one of the most exciting singers I've heard in a long, long time" - Mike Harding

"passionate and careful in his treatment of traditional material" – Rob Bartlett

“..a great voice” – James Fagan

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