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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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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Track Name: The Same Sky Overture
The hurdy gurdy sings...
Track Name: Kings and Weavers
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
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I will come for you
I will find you…
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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
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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…
Track Name: Into the Sun
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
Track Name: Madness and the Wind
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
.
Track Name: The Same Sky
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
Track Name: English Garden
Many years later Valentina still remembers the Canterbury Bells and Nasturtiums by the wall…
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I work the land here, I rise each morning
I thank the Lord 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.
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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.
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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 thank the Lord 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 thank the Lord and reap what I have sown
And in my garden, my English garden
I tend my roses, and water them…alone.
Track Name: In the Greenwood
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!
.
Track Name: Dressed in Blue
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?
Track Name: My Ancestors were French
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…
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Y’know I’ve always landed on my feet, and I’ve got a sense of history…and those flowers take me back…
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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.
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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.
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Y’know I’ve always landed on my feet, and I’ve got a sense of history, and… those flowers take me back…
Track Name: Refugee - Sunday Morning Sketch (extra track)
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