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The Imagined Village - The Imagined Village FLAC album

Performer: The Imagined Village
Genre: Folk and World music
Title: The Imagined Village
Country: UK
Released: 2012
Style: Folk
FLAC version ZIP size: 1827 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1762 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1419 mb
Rating: 4.7
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Redirected from The Imagined Village (album)). The Imagined Village is a folk musical project founded by Simon Emmerson of the Afro Celt Sound System. It is intended to produce modern folk music that represents modern multiculturalism in the United Kingdom and as such, features musicians from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The name of the project comes from the 1993 book The Imagined Village by Georgina Boyes.

The Imagined Village. Imagined Village's Eliza Carthy featured on the amazing BBC new music initiative video broadcast simultaneously last night (Tuesday, October 8th) on BBC One, Two, Three, Four and Radio 1, 2, 4, 6 and 5 Live performing the Beach Boys track God Only Knows alongside Steve Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Pharrell Williams, Emeli Sande, Elton John, Lorde, Chris Martin, Brian May, One Direction

The Imagined Village is an English folk musical project founded by Simon Emmerson (of the Afro Celt Sound System) in 2004.

The result is a quantum leap beyond the first Imagined Village album, refurbishing the mostly traditional folk material in a variety of potent new arrangements, but now fronted by the band's core trio of singers (Martin Carthy, Chris Woods, and Eliza Carthy) rather than an endless series of guest vocalists

The Imagined Village is being hyped as "the most ambitious re-invention of the English folk tradition since Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief. Those are bold words indeed, and it would take a lot to live up to them, especially since Fairport didn't deliberately set out to re-invent the tradition - they simply adapted folk songs to their style. This album draws on a number of talents - Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Paul Weller, Afro Celt Sound System leader Simon Emmerson and Sheila Chandra, and a number of others. But the point about traditions is that they evolve

As well as explaining some of the problems they had to fight through to make the album, some of which demonstrated remarkable solidarity, it also set the scene for what is probably their most remarkable release to date in which the band, although maybe not intentionally, have broken new ground together

More By The Imagined Village. See All. Bending the Dark. The Imagined Village (Real World Gold). Bending the Dark (Live) - EP. 2012.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 John Copper and Sheila Chandra with Simon Emmerson 'Ouses, 'Ouses, 'Ouses
Bagpipes [Northumbrian] – Carole RobbBass, Mixed By, Recorded By [Bass] – Richard Evans Cello – Barney M BrownDrum Programming – MassHarp [Nickel Harp], Drone [String Drones], Keyboards, Programmed By – Martin RussellRecorded By [Pipes] – Ally LeeViolin, Recorded By [Fiddle] – Phil BeerWritten-By – Steve CoeWritten-By, Guitar – Simon EmmersonWritten-By, Vocals – John Copper, Sheila Chandra
2 Paul Weller, Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy John Barleycorn
Arranged By, Mandolin [Cittern] – Simon EmmersonArranged By, Programmed By [Synth, Drum And Bass] – MassArranged By, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Martin CarthyArranged By, Vocals, Fiddle – Eliza CarthyHurdy Gurdy – Nigel EatonProgrammed By [Additional Programming] – Martin RussellVocals, Electric Guitar – Paul WellerWritten-By – Traditional
3 Benjamin Zephaniah and Eliza Carthy with Trans-Global Underground* and Simon Emmerson Tam Lyn Retold
Programmed By – Hamid Mantu*Programmed By, Organ – Tim WhelanSitar – Sheema MukherjeeWritten-By, Guitar, Bouzouki – Simon EmmersonWritten-By, Programmed By, Producer – Trans-Global Underground*Written-By, Vocals – Benjamin ZephaniahWritten-By, Vocals, Fiddle – Eliza Carthy
4 Tunng Death And The Maiden Retold
Written-By, Producer – Mike Lindsay, Sam Genders
5 Chris Wood , Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy and The Young Coppers with Trans-Global Underground* Cold Haily Rainy Night
Arranged By – Trans-Global Underground*Arranged By, Guitar – Martin CarthyArranged By, Vocals – Chris Wood Arranged By, Vocals, Fiddle – Eliza CarthyDhol – Johnny KalsiDrums [Kit Drum] – Jim ChaseProgrammed By, Sintir – Tim WhelanSitar – Sheema MukherjeeVocals – The Young CoppersWritten-By – Traditional
6 Sheila Chandra and Chris Wood The Welcome Sailor
Arranged By, Fiddle, Viola, Recorded By [Strings] – Chris Wood Arranged By, Vocals – Sheila ChandraCello – Barney M BrownDrone [Drones], Mixed By – Martin RussellGuitar – Simon EmmersonWritten-By – Traditional
7 Eliza Carthy Acres Of Ground
Acoustic Guitar, Viola, Recorded By, Producer – Ben IvitskyCello – Barney M BrownDouble Bass – Ali FriendElectric Guitar [Skank And Twang] – Simon EmmersonElectric Guitar [Top Line] – Tom SalterRecorded By [Cello And Percussion] – Martin RussellRecorded By [Double Bass And Simon's Electric], Mixed By – MassTabla, Dhol, Shaker – Johnny KalsiWritten-By, Vocals, Fiddle – Eliza Carthy
8 The Village Band Pilsdon Pen
Arranged By [Orchestral Strings], Programmed By [Orchestral Strings], Recorded By – MassCello – Barney M BrownConcertina [Anglo Concertina] – Andy PooreDouble Bass, Recorded By – Jim BarrFiddle – Lucy RobertsHarmonium, Vocals – Kate GarrettRecorded By, Mixed By – Richard Evans Written-By, Mandolin [Cittern], Guitar, Mandolin [Tenor Cittern], Recorded By [Skylark] – Simon Emmerson
9 Billy Bragg and The Young Coppers with Eliza Carthy and Simon Emmerson Hard Times Of Old England Retold
Arranged By, Fiddle – Eliza CarthyArranged By, Guitar – Simon EmmersonCello – Barney M BrownConcertina [Anglo Concertina] – Andy PooreDrum Programming, Programmed By [Bass And Keyboard] – MassGuitar [Additional], Guitar [Various Other Guitar Tyoe Instruments] – Ben MandelsonLyrics By, Music By – TraditionalLyrics By, Vocals – Billy BraggVocals – The Young Coppers
Worms Meet Moths (English Ceilidh Medley)
10 The Gloworms Kit Whites I & II
Accordion – Jon BrennerArranged By – The GlowormsBanjo, Percussion [Stompbox] – Colin CotterFiddle – Laurel SwiftRecorded By, Mixed By – Richard Evans Written-By – Traditional
11 Tiger Moth Sloe On The Uptake
Arranged By, Fiddle – Eliza CarthyArranged By, Guitar [Slide Guitar] – Ian Anderson*Arranged By, Guitar, Producer [Original Track 'sloe Benga'] – Ben MandelsonArranged By, Mandolin [Cittern], Spoons – Simon EmmersonArranged By, Melodeon – Rod StradlingBass, Recorded By [Bass], Mixed By – Richard Evans Drum Programming [Drums And Percussion], Programmed By [Synths], Producer [Pre-production], Programmed By, Recorded By [Additional Recording] – MassEngineer [Original Track 'sloe Benga'] – David KennyHarmonica, Jew's Harp [Jaws Harp] – Chris TurnerProducer [Original Track 'sloe Benga'] – Jon MooreWritten-By – Traditional


  • Mastered By – Ian Cooper
  • Producer – Simon Emmerson (tracks: 1 to 3, 6 to 11), Trans-Global Underground* (tracks: 3, 5)
  • Producer [Additional Production] – Simon Emmerson (tracks: 5)
  • Producer [Executive Producer] – Simon Emmerson (tracks: 4)
  • Recorded By – Martin Russell (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9)
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – Mass (tracks: 2, 3, 5, 9)


From the back cover:
The Imagined Village is an ambitious reivention of the English folk tradition, embracing modern-day culture in all its diversity. Classic folk songs are skillfully reworked with the sounds and voices of today, updating the tradition for a new generation.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 84108 00084 7

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
CDRW147, 50999-503867-2-7 The Imagined Village The Imagined Village ‎(CD, Album) Real World Records, Virgin CDRW147, 50999-503867-2-7 UK 2007
CDRWDJ147 The Imagined Village The Imagined Village ‎(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Real World Records CDRWDJ147 UK 2007
CDRW147, USCDRW147 The Imagined Village The Imagined Village ‎(CD, Album) Real World Records, Ryko Distribution CDRW147, USCDRW147 US 2008
none The Imagined Village The Imagined Village ‎(11xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) Real World Records none UK 2015
CDRW147 The Imagined Village The Imagined Village ‎(CD, Album, RE) Real World Records CDRW147 UK 2012