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TOM JAMES
2 Violins, Viola & Violoncello .
Deconstruction Project I
Keel Row
Bowl Wife
Growing up in the North East, the rich folk music tradition of the area has always held a special appeal for me. I present three contrasting recompositions of traditional tunes for string quartet:
Deconstruction Project I  takes James Hill's (ca.1850) hornpipe “The High Level Bridge” and projects it in an overly-manic fashion – a construction which cannot physically be sustained and is dismantled as the piece progresses.
Keel Row, on the other hand, is stretched in time and coated in shining harmonics.
Bowl Wife provides a rip-roaring finale to the set, taking Biddy the Bowl [bold] Wife and adding a layer of heavy shipbuilding noise on the cello under the insistent melody.
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List of works
BWV 555 Boom
Keel Row
Industrial Landscape I
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Remote Location I
Morning Music
Bowl Wife
Green Man
Quartet
Waxing Crescent
Waning Crescent
St Anthony’s Sermon to the Fish
Crop Circle
Foenix Occidit
Three Northumbrian Folk Tunes
Shroud
© 2015 Tom James, Tom Owen, Jenny Jackson & Chris Noble.
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Three Northumbrian Folk Tunes