Pearmains & Pippins. - Video for 7" Vinyl Limited edition. Split Single with Sutari.
Release for the "Free Folk in Brexit Britain" joint headline tour with Sutari. July 2018.
more info: http://www.deadratorchestra.co.uk/sutari-dro-tour/4594167146
Out now on Antigen Records: https://antigenrecords.com/releases/kuchenny-pearmains-pippins/
Filmed at Museum of Bath at Work - Bath, UK (with thanks!)
Pearmains and Pippins is the DRO's rendering of a song published in the Birmingham Gazette on August 1st 1791 "Song, on obtaining the Birmingham and Worchester Canal Bill", and features a veritable frogs chorus of clunks scrapes, whirs and thunks of the workshop machinery of Museum of Bath at Work. Having discovered the song in Anthony Burton's book The Canal Builders, the melody to which is long since lost, Mann, Alderton and Merrill formed their rendition singing extended harmonies to the engine of their boat, the illfated Gemini II, as they made their way along the Kennet and Avon Canal; a technique later dubbed the Furlong Bray.
Like High Speed Rail, the construction of the canals was a contentious issue, involving high levels of political deceit and corruption, as well as what would now be called PR campaign's, for which song was one of the key vehicles. Companies regularly commissioned songs to be published in newspapers and performed at public events extolling the wealth and riches that canal enterprises would bring to British town's and cities. Pairmains and Pippins celebrates the signing of a parliamentary bill to bring a canal between Worcester and Birmingham, at the time known as Europe's Toy Shop, and Seat of the Arts due to being the forefront of manufacturing goods. However, despite (or possibly becasue of) the wealth and goods the city was producing, would not recieve parliamentary representation for a further 1830..
Pearmains & Pippins
For voice, violin & harmonium with the machinery of the Museum of Bath at Work.
Words: JF, 1791. Music: DRO
Thanks to Stuart Burroughs & MOBAW.
Recorded by Giles Barrett at Soup Studio, London.
Mixed by Daniel Merrill, Cairo.