Featured Artists Talis Kimberley - vocals, guitar, bouzouki, recorder Simon Fairbourn - bass guitar, bassoon, oboe, saxophone, recorder, keyboard Tim Walker - drums, percussion Mich Sampson - piano Cathy Oliver - 'cello
Talis Kimberley is one of the great talents of British filk music, and her latest album, The Hearth and the Hive is a magnificent showcase of her music. The overall theme of the album is sustainability – and the consequences that face humanity if we continue to live beyond our means. The refrain of “Jam Tomorrow” in particular captures this spirit: “When the Queen says, ‘Jam tomorrow’/ But we’ve sold tomorrow’s jam/ Fiddle-dee-dee”.
From the blues/jive rhythms of that same Jam Tomorrow and Vitruvian Man to the more folk style backing on tracks like Kitchen Heroes, or the rock beat of Wolf at Your Door, the energy of the performances ring through in every track. Even the softer, slower numbers maintain a tension and energy of their own; the subject matter helps with that, especially on “World’s End”, but the quality of the performance is what makes this collection so listenable.