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Apples was released in GB on 26th March 2007. To buy a signed copy by mail order direct from the artist, go to the CD Mail Order page

Topic Records TSCD 568 was recorded between 13th and 15th November 2006 by Martin Levan at the superb Red Kite Studio, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, Wales, with musicians  Andy Cutting - diatonic accordion, Tim Harries - double bass and  Mark Emerson - piano, viola, violin

Listen to excerpts from some of the tracks, on the Listen Page

The Dancing / Miss Lindsay Barker (Andy Shanks & Jim Russell / Andy Cutting) --The Old Garden Gate (trad) --  The Auld Beggarman (trad) -- The Rigs of Rye (trad) -- I Love My Love (trad) -- Soldiers Three (trad) -- Speak Easy (Robert Burns/Hector MacMillan) -- Au Logis de Mon Père (trad) -- Standing In Line (Lester Simpson) -- Ce Fu en Mai (trad) -- My Love Came to Dublin (Patrick Galvin) -- Send Us A Quiet Night (Christopher Somerville)      

Say "Apples" and what comes into my mind? A is for Apple, drawn on a school slate … the trees at the end of a childhood garden to climb in and swing from (gone now, alas) … the sweet smell of applewood logs on the fire … "ripest apples are soonest rotten, hottest love soonest grows cold" … tiny red apples glowing on the tree, like an illustration from a fairy tale … a drift of golden crab-apples under an old hedgerow and perhaps amongst them "the bonniest lad that e'er I saw, asleep atween twa dogs" … the bringing-in of the apple harvest in a Breton churchyard to honour the Anaon, the kindly dead … the delight as you bite into a Worcester Pearmain or a Pitmaston Pineapple or a King of the Pippins and encounter a REAL apple - crisp, nutty, juicy, bittersweet or honey-scented … the signallers of D company Rifle Brigade sharing stewed windfall apples and "custard" with their C.O. in a Picard orchard, cooked in a dog's saucepan … three young girls huddled beneath an old apple tree and in the distance the light of a battle - "our sweethearts are there, fighting for us"… Love and war, longing and remembrance. Like the apples, like the kindly dead of Breton folklore "as thick around us as the grass in the field and the drops of rain in a shower" so the songs of tradition surround us. They are ours to cherish or to squander.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  June Tabor

press comment...

"... the new CD from England’s keenest singer of a potent lyric....highlights including a very timely song on the subject of tolerance, which Robert Burns wrote more than two hundred years ago. It is hard to imagine his ‘Speak Easy’ has ever been delivered so eloquently." ABC Radio National
"...all immaculately arranged and superbly sung....the finest example of Tabor's unrivalled narrative strength is 'The Dancing' ... Apples provides further evidence of an inclination to challenge as much as to please, revealing a woman at the top of her game but also illustrating why her appreciation society has always extended beyond where folk music ends." The Daily Telegraph, March 31st 2007
"With the balance she's achieved here, Tabor has made a superb record." Chris Nickson, All Music Guide
"The Dancing is a stunning opening...and her understated performance of Lester Simpson's shudderingly powerful anti-war song Standing In Line merits comparison with her classic recording of  No Man's Land..." fROOTS magazine, April 2007
"With a commanding stage presence and a voice that reaches deep inside your heart, there's no one else like Tabor....The support [the musicians] give to her voice is superb" Songlines, April'07

 "unquestionably one of her most intensely satisfying collections...We know that June is all too often (and totally unfairly!) accused of undue severity, so let me snuff that candle immediately by proclaiming that this new album is very much a healthy tapestry of light and shade, with a good share of more uptempo (dare I say fleet-footed?) material too" David Kidman on