Banks of the Sweet Primroses [trad​/​DNL]

from by David Nigel Lloyd

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    This audiophile recording recorded in Southern California and South Wales features a host of stellar guest musicians. A third of its songs are about rivers, a third are about kings and the remaining third are curses of one sort or another.

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This famous English folk song is rife with little mysteries. Why does the young lady rebuff our handsome hero so roundly? Why does he not recognize her? Where is the lonesome valley to which she is bound? Hint: primroses symbolized both women and dalliance. Primrose oil was used as a folk inducement to miscarry. DNL composed the Lydian melody to which the last verse is sung.


from Rivers, Kings and Curses, released May 27, 2008
Jill Egland: accordion.
Jeff Basile Pekarek: upright bass.
DNL: classical guitar and vocal.



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David Nigel Lloyd Yreka, California

David Nigel Lloyd emerged from LA’s new wave scene with the acoustic Dark Ages in 1984. An Age of Fable added traditional songs to the DNL mix in 1987. Death in Los Fumos [1996] blended song poetry, skits and found sound while How Like Ghosts Are We [1998] returned to traditional music. Rivers, Kings and Curses featured blues legend Nat Dove and the Incredible String Band’s Robin Williamson. ... more

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