Revel Players

The Wild Mountain Thyme

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For The Wild Mountain Thyme, Massachusetts folk and choral ensemble the Revel Players -- best known for their peerless Christmas performances -- delve into the changing of the seasons. Focusing primarily on tunes from the British Isles, the group takes the listener through spring, summer, and autumn with work songs ("Sheep-Shearing Song"), children's songs ("Sweet Potatoes"), hymns ("Summer Is I-Cumen In"), and carols ("The Mayday Carol") with joy and precision. The Revels Company is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that relies on donations and gifts, and each recording feels like the culmination of hard work, love, and dedication. The record sounds like a last rehearsal before the big night, and like a small-town musical, they do nothing to polarize their (imaginary) audience, allowing the music to speak for everyone in the building. Wild Mountain Thyme is a testament to their tenacity, and it rivals only Blow, Ye Winds, in the Morning as their finest work.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:00
2
1:31
3
1:43
4
2:28
5
3:56
6 1:25
7
1:08
8
1:16
9
0:59
10
3:51
11
1:53
12
2:18
13
3:04
14 1:58
15
feat: David Jones
3:00
16
2:29
17
1:08
18
1:52
19 2:04
20 2:24
21 4:23
22
1:02
23
0:49
24
1:29
25
1:37
26 1:53
27
1:24
28
4:29
29 1:32
30 2:46
31
2:34
32 1:55
33 3:25
34
2:39
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