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Album Review

In 1990 June Tabor was joined by the Oysterband on the album Freedom and Rain. Now, 21 years later, the two reunite on Ragged Kingdom. The album features Tabor’s reworkings of traditional songs such as “Bonny Bunch of Roses” while also including some more surprising choices such as PJ Harvey’s “That Was My Veil.” The highly praised live cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is finally committed to tape and sees her duetting with Oysterband vocalist John Jones.


Born: 31 December 1947 in Warwick, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

June Tabor is probably the finest female traditional British folksinger of the late 20th and early 21st centuries -- if not the best British folksinger of her time, period. What links her to Britain's past traditions is the chilling and emotional qualities of her voice. What links her to the British present is her fine taste in material, arrangements, and backing musicians, along with a willingness to try different things and interpret work by contemporary songwriters. Tabor's first high-profile...
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