Exposé Online banner

The Lords of Thyme — Pellets
(Sunstone SSCD13, 2016, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-10-09

Pellets Cover art

The Lords of Thyme, what a great name, and one the perfectly captures the essence of their music! Joe Woolley, Tali Trow, and Pat Kenneally used to be part of Circulus, the UK psychedelic folk/progressive rock band from South London, who released a couple of albums about ten years ago. Then Joe, Tali, and Pat formed The Lords of Thyme with Michelle Griffiths from the progressive Morris dance group The Belles of London City. After a debut 7-inch single and a couple of compilation appearances, The Lords of Thyme have released their first full length album of wyrd folk, folk rock, psychedelic rock tunes, Pellets. When I think of British folk rock, my mind immediately goes to the obvious Fotheringay, Fairport Convention, Pentangle, and The Incredible String Band. The Lords of Thyme are steeped in this tradition and are perhaps one of the finest contemporary UK folk rock bands. The opening song “Coming Down” is a progressive rock tune with vocals sounding a bit like Nick Drake. The second song is a cover of the traditional folk murder ballad ‘Bruton Town,” made famous by Pentangle. The Lords of Thyme’s cover is different from Pentangle’s version, which was fairly jazzy with John Renbourn’s distinctive voice. This new version begins simply with Michelle’s vocals and acoustic guitar, and grows into a jazzy folk rock ballad with a bluesy organ towards the end “George Collins” is an Irish folk ballad similar in sound to “John Barleycorn” and grows a bit sinister. “The Bird It Sang” is another excellent folk rock ballad. Then we are treated to “Morning Came” that sounds like an acid folk singer songwriter song that eventually adds Mellotron. “Freight Train to Rainham” is an unexpected funky bluesy instrumental based on the Hammond Organ, with references to Billy Preston and Brian Auger. “Keep on Traveling” is an other Nick Drake-styled progressive folk rock song that really rocks. And the album closes with the exquisitely beautiful “Fine Falling Rain” that evokes memories of Fairport Convention. What a breath of fresh aire!


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): The Lords of Thyme

Latest news

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ergo Sum - Mexico – Ergo Sum was an early French progressive band, a six-piece featuring flute and violin, as well as the standard guitars, bass, drums and keyboards, plus a vocalist (Lionel Ledissez) who sounds...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues