North Sea Radio Orchestra, John Greaves, Annie Barbazza

Folly Bololey - Songs from Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom

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999 copies

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1. Sea Song
2. A Last Straw
3. Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road
4. Alifib
5. Alifie
6. Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road

bonus tracks:

7. The British Road

8. Maryan
9. Shipbuilding

10. O Caroline

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Craig Fortnam: Guitar/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 7 and 9)
Annie Barbazza
: Lead Vocal/Farfisa Organ
John Greaves: Bass guitar/Vocal (track 4 and 11)/Spoken Word (track 3, 5 and 6)
William D. Drake: Piano/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 2,3 and 5)
Laurent Valero: Violin/Viola/Recorder/Bass Recorder
Nicky Baigent: Bb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Spoken Word (track 5)
Luke Crookes: Bassoon
Harry Escott: Cello
Tommaso Franguelli: Vibes/Percussion
Cheb Nettles: Drums

about Folly Bololey

Critically acclaimed as one of the best records ever, 1974 Robert Wyatt’s masterpiece has been re-arranged by Craig Fortnam for his amazing North Sea Radio Orchestra. Featuring long time Wyatt’s collaborator and Henry Cow founder John Greaves on bass guitar and vocals and the amazing vocalist Annie Barbazza as lead singer: this is a hearfelt, fantastic tribute to Robert Wyatt’s music.

"This concert is a beautiful event, for me. These musicians seem to me to have have really grasped what my songs are about; but at the same time, created an entirely fresh way of putting the music together. I feel so honored and so grateful."
Robert Wyatt, March 2019


“One of the greatest albums of the 1970s, beautifully re- imagined and re-written for orchestra. I have listened to Rock Bottom hundreds of times, and thought I was familiar with it: but this brilliant new version opens up new depths, fresh vistas, hidden truths. An amazing achievement.”

Jonathan Coe, March 2019

When John Greaves asked me about producing this album and the concert at Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, for Dark Companion I immediately replied “yes”. I already knew North Sea Radio Orchestra and respect Craig as one of the most talented musicians in today’s British scene. ‘Rock Bottom’ is my favourite album ever and John Greaves my closest friend whom I respect very highly and have had the honour of releasing one of his finest albums to date onManticore. Annie Barbazza? Well she is a marvelous singer and musician and I very much agree with the late Greg Lake who was really amazed by her voice and went on toproduce her first album for Manticore as well. So I hope youenjoy what I think is a fantastically soulful, heartfelt and graceful tribute to the poetry of Robert Wyatt.

Max Marchini, April 2019

arranged and directed by Craig Fortnam
executive production by Max Marchini

recorded live, mixed and mastered by Alberto Callegari @ Elfo Recording Studios, Tavernago, Italy during “Musiche Nuove a Piacenza ” Festival, November 30th, 2018

Folly Bololey (teaser)