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What Will Become of England

by Jim Ghedi

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Jim found the song in the Alan Lomax Archives from a field recording of the great English singer & farmworker Harry Cox taken in 1953 at his home in Catfield, Norfolk, Harry recalled learning & hearing it from a bloke in a pub who used to play a tin whistle and was the only singer he knew who sang it, originally it had 8 or 9 verses but Harry could only remember two of them.

Ghedi, an artist who has a unique talent for tapping into the rich history of folk music to extract and create timely, political and contemporary alternative folk music. This perhaps is the most direct and potent example of this skill to date. Not only do the lyrics hit with a devastatingly relevant blow - “What will become of England, if things go on this way / There's many a thousand working man, that's starving day by day” - but Ghedi’s sonic world has expanded, encompassing a brooding, darker, more electronic tone to capture the visceral tone of the piercing lyrics.
~~~~ Dan Dylan Wray


"What will become of England, if things go on this way
There's many a thousand working man, that's starving day by day.
He cannot find employment, for bread his children cry,
and hundreds of his children now lay in their grave.

Some have money plenty, but still they crave for more
They will not lend a hand to help the starving poor
They pass you like a dog and on you cast a frown,
That is the way Old England the working man cast down
(That is the way Old England us all they do cut down)"


released September 5, 2022
Recorded at Tesla Studios in Sheffield, UK
Engineered by David Glover
Mixed by David Glover & Jim Ghedi
Mastered by Nich Wilbur at Anacortes Unknown

Thanks for Edith / N.O.H.R.R for the artwork & Poor Creature for the Music video

Jim Ghedi - Guitar, Synth, Vocals
Neal Heppleston - Double Bass
David Grubb - Fiddle
Dean Honer - Synths / Electronics
Guy Whitaker - Drums / Percussion


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Jim Ghedi Sheffield, UK

“8/10 UNCUT “A Chastening meditation on Britain in 2021”

★★★★MOJO "Melodically sublime... although Ghedi's music is infused with tradition, it's very much experiencing the present"

★★★★ THE TIMES “A starkly beautiful set.. ancient and modern combine evocatively and with grace”
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