Galley Beggar releasing ‘Heathen Hymns’ (stream “The Lake”)
British folk rock revivalists Galley Beggar will release a followup to 2015's Silence & Tears on April 28 called Heathen Hymns. Like the last album, it comes out on Rise Above Records. That's a metal label, and Galley Beggar are no strangers to metal festivals (like Roadburn 2016). It's not crazy to think metal fans would like this -- as we've said before, there was a time when Black Sabbath shared bills with Fairport Convention -- but Galley Beggar sound much more like the latter. Their new single "The Lake" is a very nice dose of sitar-aided psychedelic folk. It premieres below.
The album also features them taking on some traditionals, like "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme," which singer Maria O’Donnell says they've done "quite a heavy rock version" of. That one features a guest vocal appearance by Celia Drummond (fka Celia Humphris) of Trees, the excellent '70s-era British folk rock band whose influence on Galley Beggar can be heard loud and clear.