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By The Insects

On 17, Jun 2016 | 10 Comments | In | By The Insects

The Living and the Dead

This was a brilliant show to work on – such a great team of writers ,directors,actors,producers, photographers,editors and sound designer.

The music for the series has received an amazing response, and we are now planning to make the Soundtrack available – shouldn’t be too long. Watch this space !

We arranged and produced a number of traditional folk songs for the series. We tried to give a new interpretation to these songs, matching the atmosphere of the show.

The main theme and titles music for the series is a song called “A Lyke Wake Dirge”. The song has pagan pre-Christian origins and tells of the soul’s travels on its way from earth to purgatory. The singer on this is Howlin’ Lord who is a friend and occasional collaborator . You can check him out here

https://www.facebook.com/howlinlord.fb/?fref=ts

 

The song featured in Episode 1 is “She moves through the Fair”,¬†which is a much recorded and well known tune of Celtic origin. The singer is Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack). She really is an amazing singer !

The song which features heavily on Episode 3 is “The Reapers Ghost” written in the 1930’s by American singer/songwriter Richard Dyer Bennet.He based the song on a story he overheard in a rural pub in Norfolk about a man who walked behind a hayrick and was never seen again ! The singer is Sean Cook (Spiritualised,Lupine Howl, The Flies).

 

The short section of song in Episode 4 is called “The Lovers Ghost”. The singer is Elizabeth Fraser.

 

 

Comments

  1. Really enjoyed your music

  2. Wonderful soundtrack .Glad you are to release it

  3. I finally got it to open. What a wonderful soundtrack. Love the series and the music really adds to it. Great work!

  4. Why can’t I find the reapers Ghost by Sean Cook anywhere

    • The Insects

      Hi Amy. Sean Cook’s version of The Reaper’s Ghost is on The Living and The Dead Album along with a different version sung by Tom Tetley and other folk songs sung by (in my eyes) wonderful singers!

  5. I love your version of the Lyke Wake dirge–in my opinion the best arrangement since Benjamin Britten in his Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings.

    • The Insects

      Wow that’s a compliment Derek. Thank you so much.

  6. This series was worth it for the recordings with Elizabeth Fraser alone. Absolutely delighted to hear this most wonderful of singers on the series, thank you so much for having her on the soundtrack. Wonderful haunting music all the way through, which fitted the series so well.

    • The Insects

      Thank you so much Bruno. We certainly were blessed and are humbled to have Elizabeth Fraser feature on both the soundtrack and the soundtrack album. Bob

  7. Looking forward to the soundtrack brilliant !

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