TRACK REVIEW: Cath & Phil Tyler – I Come And Stand At Every Door | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Stalwarts of the left-field folk scene, Cath & Phil Tyler have recorded a version of the folk classic I Come And Stand At Every Door for release as a Bandcamp download with proceeds going to the charity War Child. This anti-war poem by Turkish writer Nâzım Hikmet, translated into English in the late ’50s by Jeanette Turner, has been recorded many times in the decades since by diverse acts such as Pete Seeger, the Byrds, This Mortal Coil and even the Fall.

Here the duo’s fragile, compelling harmonies are paired with a fresh tune taken from a melody by American composer Neely Bruce. Prominent conflicts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East sadly ensure the relevance of the song’s lyrics calling for peace remain as essential as ever.

 

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