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PAGAN HARVEST

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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Based: Bristol, UK
Status as of June 2019: Active

The members of UK prog folk band PAGAN HARVEST met at school in the 1970s but didn't come together as a band until the early 2010s. Their music is about an earth-centered connection to the land, rather than its conquest and cultivation. In particular they revel in English pastoral themes, having been inspired by Rob Young's Electric Eden, a book about the visionary British folk rock, with a focus on the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Literary and musical influences abound, from Shakespeare to Lewis Carroll to the usual folk rock suspects but especially the more acoustic output of LED ZEPPELIN and TRAFFIC. Jon Bickley is the main lyricist with Lawrence Reed the main music writer, but the creative process is not always this simple.

The self titled debut appeared in 2015 and was appropriately mature given the lengthy gestation of the musical and poetic ideals. The follow up Sacred River appeared in 2018, centered around the lore of the River Thames. The music of PAGAN HARVEST is a quirky folk that leaves the listener guessing what will happen next. We could be indulged in a simple folk melody one moment and on a bizarre psychedelic trip the next. Among modern groups I hear a certain similarity to countrymen CIRCULUS.

PAGAN HARVEST is endorsed on progarchives for their lineage to the masters of yore, be they 4 or 40 decades in the past.

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4.04 | 10 ratings
Pagan Harvest
2015
4.00 | 13 ratings
Sacred River
2018

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Pagan Harvest Prog Folk

Review by Tinkerbell

4 stars Pagan Harvests first album entitled Pagan Harvest is a mixture of styles including prog folk and classical. In traditional prog form the songs range from four minutes in length through to nearly thirteen minutes and exhibit unusual time signatures and a wide variety of sounds and instruments. The songs are complex and well thought through with the lyrically often taking inspiration from the English landscape. The songs display depth and atmosphere especially in what i think are the three standout tracks Rebecca Falls, The Hawthorn and Queen of the River. If you are looking for original music that is both eerie and atmospheric then i would whole heartedly recommend this album. A firm 4 stars for Pagan Harvest, I will aim to get a copy of the second album
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Pagan Harvest Prog Folk

Review by Steamy

4 stars I saw Rebecca Falls and Damascus videos through conversations with relatives, liked them and then got the album. My friend who bought it before me said "you might like this its unusual but seems to have a fair number of attributes that other bands you like have". He described it as having a sort of early Fairport feel with some unusual time signatures thrown in played in a kind of prog classical style. After a few listenings I can say he wasn't far wrong. As well as the properties mentioned I can report many of the songs have a dark atmosphere which is brought out by some great lyrics namely in Fight the devil, Damascus, Rebecca Falls and the Hawthorn. The standout track (which perhaps hints at even better things to come) is Rebecca Falls which is heavily influenced by Reynardine the traditional English folk song made popular by Bert Jansch and Fairport Convention. This is both the most complex and longest track with several strong themes which are developed and build up to a climax.  In an age where it seems that few bands leave much of an impression and originality is harder and harder to find its nice to come across something truly original.    
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