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Dragons Milk and Coal

Watching The Dark
Celtic Moon Rising
Sweeney's Men
Sweeney's Men 1968
Bagpipes and Other Incendinary Devices
Máire Ni Chathasaigh
Old Bridge Music
Celtic Women in Music
The Harp
Loreena McKennitt
The Visit
The Mask and The Mirror
The Book of Secrets
Blue Horses
Dragons Milk and Coal
Ten Leagues Beyond The Wild Worlds End
Folk On The Water
Harvest Storm
A Sense Of Place
Shapes On The Landscape
Dorset Cursus
Wayland's Smithy
Maiden Castle Hill Fort
Expansion of The Celts
Cara Dillon
The Streets Of Derry
The Road Less Traveled
Wild Welsh Women
Isle of Môn
Death of the King's Canary
Siân Phillips, the Welsh Fiddler
Julie Fowlis
mar a tha mo chridhe (as my heart is)
Clan Wallace

The coal industry features prominently, on the third Blue Horses album, providing a provocative escape from the blood n' thunder black leather image which has threatened to submerge them. There's still plenty here in the direct electric folk tradition of the "70s, if nothing as extreme as the Led Zeppelin references, but 'Dragons Milk...' opens with celestial harp and develops into an encouragingly balanced mixture of knees-up fiddle "n" drums showcases and strong emotive songs with thoughtful lyrics.

The opening title song tells the story of singer Lizzy Prendergast's grandad, Mining Song is a moving acoustic song about the last ever shift at Abertridwr Colliery, and if any further evidence is needed of their growing maturity it's provided by the ghostly war imagery of In Flanders Fields which persists long after the CD has ended.

All this, an inventive arrangement of Barbara Allen and a couple of particulary compelling hoolies of their own, Witches and Rabbits In The Headlights, and you have a highly persuasive album that should decimate some of the more negative preconceptions that may have been ignited by Cracking Leather Skin and Bone and the pagan rock descriptions it evoked.

- a review by Colin Irwin of fRoots Magazine.
October 1999


- Liz Prendergast / lead vocal, electric violin,
  electric Celtic harp, space-mandolin, synthesizers

- Nic Waulker / drums, programming, arrangments
-  Em Grainger / electric violin,  vocals

-  Rob Khoo / bass guitar, electric guitar,
   backing vocals, piano

-   Martin Standing / electric guitars
guest  Deborah Peake / electric violin

Dragons Milk and Coal 1999
Native Spirit NSBHCD003 1999

Dragons Milk and Coal
Barbara Allen
Rabbit in the Headlights
Old Haslams Bits
Witch in Wedlock
Passer By
Dark Circle (slight return)
+ Secret Track.

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