|Scarecrow/All You Love Is All You Are|
Bridie Jackson and The Arbour
Scarecrow is something of a surprise. Unusually, the song isn't one of Bridie's own compositions but was written instead by Louis Barabbas (Debt Records stablemate and frontman for The Bedlam Six). It is a dark tale of a bride murdered ''on the night before my wedding day'', with the titular scarecrow ending up wearing the discarded wedding dress and leaving the deceased bride, narrating from the grave, appealing for it's return.
The song borders on traditional folk rather more than Bridie's usual repertoire; perhaps it's a small step towards a general broadening of the Arbour arsenal (just as Mucky was on Bitter Lullabies.) although the subject matter remains dark and dangerous. Naturally, the Arbour trademarks we know and love - the wonderful strings, the unparalleled harmonies - are present and correct.
This version of All You Love Is All You Are is a new one. 16 seconds shorter than the album version, it is a tighter song that has lost none of its power. I have spent some time today comparing the respective versions and the production of the newer of the two is definitely crisper, with both the vocals and instruments sounding cleaner.
Now is the time for you to make arrangements to catch them live. Fortunately, a tour of North East England is coming up very soon.
Impending Live Shows
31 January: Middlesbrough, Folklines
1 February: Jarrow, Bede's World
2 February: Berwick, The Watchtower
8 February: Newcastle, Cluny 2 (official single launch)
9 February: Hexham, Moot Hall
Some of my earlier features on Bridie Jackson and the Arbour can be found here and further details are available on their official website.