The Magickal Folk Of The Faraway Tree
The Magickal Folk Of The Faraway Tree began in 2002 (?) with David Colohan and Shane Cullinane and a copy of Peter Kennedy's
songbook Folksongs Of Britain And Ireland
. They began setting lyrics to their own music very much in a trad style but bearing no relation to the sheet music in the collection. It wasn't long until they started getting some friends involved. Mostly fellow members of United Bible Studies and Murmansk
MFOTFT recordings tended to be raw and live-sounding, harking back to an era before folk music began to be watered down for marketability."The Mildew Leaf" CDR and "The Cat's Melodeon" 3" CDR charmed people all over the world and went out of print quickly.
The MFOTFT didn't return until 2010 with a double CD "The Soup & The Shilling" People had been waiting for reissues of the first CDRS so what was to have been the new album became a complete recordings release. Along with a track from the Gold Leaf Branches compilation the long out of print CDRs make up Disc One. Disc Two is comprised of previously unreleased recordings, further exploring the Peter Kennedy songbook and beyond.
The original whimsical blurb which actually kept people guessing for a few years.
"We have had no direct contact with the Magickal Folk Of The Faraway Tree but have received dispatches from their quest. For the past few months a stone tape has appeared in the hollowed bough of an old lightning-blasted elm at the edge of the deserted village. It would appear that the task of bringing this magickal music into the present has been entrusted to us. We have toiled endlessly to convert these elfin etchings into ones and zeros so that you can hear them."
Seán Mac Erlaine