CIRCLING THE SQUARE

by Mitchell and Vincent

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This is the second album from Mitchell and Vincent and is totally self-produced from recording and arranging right through to mastering and album design.
- Acoustic magazine:
“At all times, the interplay between David Mitchell’s guitar and Graham Vincent’s fiddle is quite stunning. ... thoughtful arrangements ... an album of unusual charm and dignity.”
- FolkWords:
"From softly delivered songs ... through expressive tune sets ... there’s a clear and obvious enticement to listen to their music."
- FATEA magazine website:
"... you will find music that is beautifully played, with a delicacy and lightness of touch that immediately brings to mind Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. It's an album to listen to, and appreciate, and grows in stature at each play."
- Bright Young Folk:
“...their sound is much deeper and richer than you would expect from an acoustic duo" ... "Established lovers of traditional music, and those newer to its delights, will equally enjoy this fine offering ... captures the intimacy, warmth and welcome normally only found at a local folk venue, whilst providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.”

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released August 1, 2016

All tracks traditional except for Nessa the Mover by Brendan Larrissey, Maggie’s Pancakes by Stuart Morrison and Calliope House by Dave Richardson.
Recorded and mastered in Somerset at Court Farm by Graham Vincent.
Cover design by Graham Vincent.
All tracks arranged by Mitchell and Vincent.
Copyright 2016 Mitchell and Vincent

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Mitchell and Vincent UK

David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are a folk duo from Dorset and Somerset who play a lively mix of traditional tunes which they have arranged for Fiddle and Classical Guitar alongside songs from around the British Isles.
They have performed at a whole variety of festivals, events and concerts around the UK and abroad.
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Track Name: 01 High Germany
High Germany (Traditional song arranged by Mitchell and Vincent)

“Oh Polly love, oh Polly, the rout has now begun,
And we must go a-marching to the beating of the drum.
Go dress yourself all in your best and come along with me;
I'll take you to the cruel war in High Germany.”

“Oh Billy love, oh Billy, come list what I do say,
My feet they are so tender, I cannot march away.
And besides, my dearest Billy, I am with child by thee,
Not fitted for the cruel war in High Germany.”

“I'll buy for you a horse, my love, and on it you shall ride
And all my delight shall be a-riding by your side.
We'll stop at every alehouse and drink when we are dry,
We'll be true to one another, get married by and by.”

Oh, cursed be them cruel wars that ever they should rise
And out of Merry England press many a man like-wise.
They pressed my true love from me, like-wise my brothers three,
And sent them to the cruel wars in High Germany.

INSTRUMENTAL

No, my friends I do not value nor my foes I do not fear,
Now my love has left me I wander far and near.
And when my baby it is born and a-smiling on my knee
I'll think on lovely Billy in High Germany.

“Oh Polly love, oh Polly, the rout has now be-gun,
And we must go a-marching to the beating of the drum.
Go dress yourself all in your best and come along with me;
I'll take you to the cruel war in High Germany.”
Track Name: 05 Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy
Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (Traditional song arranged by Mitchell and Vincent)

Adieu sweet lovely Nancy
Ten thousand times adieu
I am bound to cross the o-cean
To seek for something new
Come change your ring with me dear girl
Come change your ring with me
That it might be a token of true love
When I am on the sea

And now that I am on the sea
I know not where I am
Kind letters I will write to you
From every foreign land
The secrets of my mind fine girl
The best of all goodwill
So let your body be where it is
My heart will be with you still

There's a heavy storm arising
See how it gathers round
While we poor souls on the ocean wide
Are fighting for the crown
Our officer commands us
And it's him we must obey
Expecting every moment
For to get washed away

There are tinkers tailors shoemakers
Lie snoring asleep
While we poor souls on the ocean wide
Are ploughing through the deep
There's no-one to defend us love
And keep us from the cold
On the ocean wide where we must bide
Like jolly sailors all

And now the wars are over
They'll be peace on every shore
We'll drink to our wives and our children
And the girls that we adore
We'll call for liquor merrily
And spend our money free
And when our money is all gone
We'll boldly go to sea
Track Name: 08 Pleasant and Delightful (The larks they sang melodious)
Pleasant and Delightful or The Larks They Sang Melodious (Traditional song arranged by Mitchell and Vincent)

It was pleasant and delightful on a fine summer's morn
And the green fields and the meadows were covered in corn
And the blackbirds and thrushes sang on every green tree
And the larks they sang melodious at the dawning of the day
And the larks they sang melodious x3
At the dawning of the day.

A sailor and his true love were walking one day
Said the sailor to his true love "I am bound far away
I’m bound for the Indies where the load cannons roar
I must go and leave you Nancy you're the girl that I adore
I must go and leave you Nancy x3
You're the girl that I adore.

So fare thee well my dearest Nancy, I'm bound far away
The ship is a-waiting out there in the bay
The anchor is hoisted she waits the next tide
And if ever I return again I will make you my bride
And if ever I return again x3
I will make you my bride

The ring from off her finger she instantly drew
Saying "Take this dearest William and me heart will go too"
And as he embraced her tears from her eyes fell
Saying, "May I go along with you?" "Oh no me love farewell"
Saying, "May I go along with you?" x3
"Oh no me love farewell"