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The idea for the album came about when, on a short break from Oysterband a few years ago, John toured alongside his friends Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Faustus) and Seth Lakeman. The collaboration worked so well that a seed was planted. Four years later, Rising Road was born. The album features contributions from Seth and Benji, as well as Ian Kearey (banjo/dulcimer), Rowan Godel (vocals), Sophie Walsh (harp), Dil Davies (percussion and drums), Francois Deville (pedal steel guitar) and Alan Prosser (guitars). Producer Al Scott added some more musical colours wherever needed.

John has a great love of the British countryside, and he had always felt that traditional songs go hand-in-hand with the landscape, so he wanted to choose songs which reflect this: "A lot of the songs I'm singing are traditional. I'm not a very urban animal; I feel folk music to be rural and open. When I sing, I'm visualising the story, and the landscape is a big part of that. Much of this album is an imaginative retake on songs I've known for years. I've tried to look at the traditional songs very simply, and I've chosen ones that have a story for me, a close attachment."

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released October 1, 2009

Engineered and mixed by Al Scott
Recorded in Al's studio and at Metway Studios, Brighton
Produced by Al Scott for Westpark Music
Photography by Al Ramsey
Artwork by Neomania Design

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John Jones (voice of Oysterband) UK

Oysterband's John Jones is going back to his roots with his debut solo CD, Rising Road. After 30 years with Oysterband, John has teamed up with friends old and new to explore and re-invent some of the classic traditional songs he loved in his youth, which stand alongside several beautiful, self-written tracks. ... more

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