The Auricula Suite by The Auricula Suite Ensemble

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    The Auricula Suite Limited Edition CD - Nine songs telling folk tales of a journey to a new land; a story of love and loss, persecution and a new beginning – inspired by the small alpine Primula auricula and its 16th century journey to England with the Huguenot refugees. Featuring hammer dulcimer, hurdy gurdy.

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1.
The hurdy gurdy sings...
2.
Flower of kings and of weavers Crushed underfoot on the mountainsides of Gaul Leaves of green for a queen and a thousand different colours Comfort of the soldier on the wall . I will come for you I will find you… . Your flower theatre will remind me Of the gardener and the skillful artisan Of Reformation time, and the people On a journey to find a new homeland . I will come for you I will find you… . The flower of kings will live forever The flower of weavers will go on Spell or cure on a starry night The moon in the middle of the flower shines bright I can see it too babe . I will come for you I will find you… . Flower of kings Flower of weavers Green leaves for a queen And colours for all From high in the mountains To the Huguenot gardens… I’m thinking of you…standing by the wall Valentina and Raoul, in the Huguenot garden, Valentina and Raoul, by the wall…
3.
Into the Sun 03:17
I’ll be heading down to the harbour Gonna be setting sail on the next high tide You know the world may seem much smaller now but it feels too big to me I’m gonna be far away from here by the time it’s light Gonna be thinking ‘bout you baby when I’m back on the ground How we were heading straight into the sun With my flowers tucked up and all safe and sound I’m gonna be missin’ you baby when I’m gone… ….The waves are so high that I get vertigo And seagulls swoop down I’m spinning round and round and wonderful And so high up on the northern sea And we are drenched spray like waterfall Our river flows to meet us in East Anglia And I get vertigo The waves so high I don’t know where I’m going But I know where I’m from Heading out to the sea I’m looking into the sun Into the sun, into the sun C’mon Round and round and round and round… …and wonderful
4.
Madness and the wind are blowin’ over the sea Don’t look back, don’t turn around Jack The waves are comin’ at me I can see the whole wide world out there When I’m working with the crew But I’m heading down the cargo hold My sight’s set on you . Madness and the wind are blowin’ over the bay I said don’t look back don’t turn around Jack We’re heading out to stay The coastline of East Anglia Is coming into view But I’m heading down the cargo hold My sight’s set on . How you look today And where you lead I’ll follow There’ll be a price to pay But I don’t care about tomorrow . I’m heading down the cargo hold My sight’s set on you .
5.
The Same Sky 03:42
I don’t know where you are But I guess where you’ll be Under the same sky as me Where you’ll be, well I guess ‘Cross the cold northern sea Follow the same star as me Now you’re gone In a strange land you are But not alone refugee Under the same moon as me Where you’ll be, well I guess But I know what you’ll see See the same sky as me Now you’re gone I don’t know where you are But I guess where you’ll be Under the same sky as me Where you’ll be, well I guess Growing flowers for me… I feel the same sun! Under the same sky
6.
Many years later Valentina still remembers the Canterbury Bells and Nasturtiums by the wall… . I work the land here, I rise each morning I plant the seed and reap what I have sown. I left my homeland, but kept my God-fear Without my family when I set off alone. . I’m long since married; I have three daughters, I love them dearly and we are family And my garden is full of roses My English roses, I feed them tenderly. . My husband loves me; we work together We spend the evenings until the fire burns low. But when the candle is pale and smoky I think back to you, I never let you go. . Our last embrace by the wall You kept your faith, you would not lie The broken bell signalled your fall I never knew if you would live or die . And in the darkness we lay down in the heather One kiss to last forever, before I went to sea. My eldest daughter, she looks so like you. But home is here now, what is and what will be. . I made my life here; I rise each morning I plant the seed and reap what I have sown I left my homeland but kept my God-fear I looked up to Him when I set off alone I made my life here; I rise each morning I plant the seed and reap what I have sown And in my garden, my English garden I tend my roses, and water them…alone.
7.
The flower moon is rising Deer startle up on the hill It reminds me that I’m far from home When the clear night air is still And cool is the spring here When the hare runs along the hedge My pretty flowers still bloom for you With a green and silver edge And the flower moon is full The flower moon looks bright tonight And the flower moon so full . Now I sleep alone I lay down in the greenwood Now I sleep alone I lay down in the green leaves . By the time the harvest moon comes around And the fox hides down in the field There’s fire in the air and there’s storm in the hills But my heart is still not healed And it hurts deep down inside When I think of the love that we lost Oh my broken heart is still not healed I lost love’s battle without a shield And the harvest moon full Yeah the harvest moon looks bright tonight And the harvest moon so full . Now I sleep alone I lay down in the greenwood Now I sleep alone I lay down in the brown leaves . When the planting moon comes back again And the badger hunts in the wood I remember the beautiful flowers of home But life out here is good And the planting moon is full Yeah the planting moon looks bright tonight And the planting moon is good The flower moon is high tonight The flower moon looks white tonight The flower moon is bright tonight . And the greenwood is good! .
8.
She’s my beautiful flower I’ll be her sun and her rain What colour will she wear When she comes back again? . Behind the veil I can see her glow What colour will she wear When it’s time to show? . When April’s flowers Stand tall and proud in line You raise the curtain I see you shine! . “I was dressed in blue When I married you I wore your flowers in my hair And kept your love in my pocket . On a beautiful day At the end of May My heart leapt out to you My wild-fire-rocket . My heart leapt out to you!” . So take it slow Sing it long and low What colour will she wear When it’s time to go?
9.
My ancestors were French and, for what it’s worth, faith ruled their lives. I’ve never been to Church. I haven’t been good. But I’ve made my mark and I’ve got in trouble, listenin’ to my devil in the dark… . Y’know I’ve always landed on my feet, and I’ve got a sense of history…and those flowers take me back… . The devil inside, sittin’ on my shoulder, pushin’ me out so I’m sittin’ on a boulder in the middle of the lake. And the devil can’t swim, so I’m feelin’ brave and I’m gonna get him. . It’s gonna get colder, if he falls in the lake, he’ll be off my shoulder, off my back. There’ll be no more trouble, gonna make a fresh start, stop listenin’ to the devil, gonna listen to my heart. . Y’know I’ve always landed on my feet, and I’ve got a sense of history, and… those flowers take me back…
10.
Listen up my friend, I won’t be coming back I took a leap of faith to the unknown I may be safe, I may be not, I leave you everything I’ve got Except the memories, but that’s ok. Brothers and sisters, I won’t forget The earth, the sea, the stars, the sky And everything that’s in between, the beauty of the swathes of green The land that made us what we are today. The village bell that chimed our play The spice and citrus call for tea A marble I found in the dust And kept inside a wooden box That dog that hung around the yard With sad black eyes and hopes to run To distant hills. It’s just too hard To think about it anymore… Brothers and sisters, I won’t forget The earth, the sea, the stars, the sky And everything that’s in between, the beauty of the swathes of green The land that made us what we are today. Hours of practice in the sun The bow’s weight in my small hand At eventide, arpeggios And dreams of times to come The manuscript, the concert hall The cellos and the violin A hand drum in a quiet room And we begin to play. Brothers and sisters, I won’t forget The land that set me on my way I’ll take it with me, hold it close, and bathe in memories when I dare It’s ok my old friend, it’s just ok © 2013 Lou Duffy-Howard

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The Auricula Suite is an album of songs telling a re-imagined story of a historical journey to a new land. Inspired by folk tales of the alpine flower – the Primula auricula – and its 16th century journey to England with the Huguenot refugees, it is a tale of love and loss, persecution and a new beginning.

The Auricula Suite featured in Duffy-Howard Music’s ‘My Ancestors were French’ heritage project – music, art, film and poetry telling of a journey to a new land, exploring the modern day experiences of new settlers today. Part of ‘All Our Stories’, in support of BBC2’s ‘The Great British Story – A People’s History’ it explores what it feels like to be a stranger in a strange land.

The album was launched at a concert and flower show at the National Trust’s Calke Abbey, site of the oldest auricula theatre in England on 20th April 2013. Released on the DHM record label 6th March 2017.

credits

released March 6, 2017

Louise Duffy-Howard: Vocals, Guitar, Bass,
Richard Duffy-Howard: Guitar
Amanda Lowe: Hammer Dulcimer, Violin
Quentin Budworth: Hurdy Gurdy, Cajon
Corey Clough-Howard: Guitar on track 9

Words written by Louise Duffy-Howard except The Same Sky by Richard and Louise Duffy-Howard. Music composed by Louise Duffy-Howard except My Ancestors were French by Corey Clough-Howard.

© Duffy-Howard 2013

All songs arranged by Rich, Lou, Quentin and Amanda, and recorded by Andy Newlove

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