Raising The Fires

by Heg & The Wolf Chorus

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“Raising the Fires” is the debut album from Heg & The Wolf Chorus. This concept album is inspired by Scottish folklore and intertwines Heg’s imaginative stories with traditional myths, legends and stories. Set at the end of the world as we know it, the album tells the story of how the world ended, brought to it’s demise by a white witch who was wrongfully burnt at the stake (a story Heg collected from her travels in the inner hebrides). After a catastrophic end, the world returns to a land of myth and all the mythological creatures return to claim their land!
Follow Heg & The Wolf Chorus into their apocalyptic world of witches, fires, lost love and forgotten creatures.

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released November 28, 2016

Music and lyrics by H. Brignall.
Arrangements by H. Brignall, Joseph Kelly, Vince Martin,
Stephanie Taylor, Francesca Dunford, Richie Dobson and
Gareth James Bailey.

Engineered and mixed by Gareth James Bailey at Misterlong
Productions.
Produced by Gareth James Bailey and H. Brignall.
Mastered by Max Gilkes at 1 Sonic Mastering

Heg Brignall - lead vocals, piano
Vincent Martin - Violin, vocals
Joseph Kelly - Double bass, vocals
Francesca Dunford - Accordion, vocals
Stephanie Taylor - Percussion, vocals
Richie Dobson - Percussion, vocals
Gareth James Bailey - Percussion, vocals

Additional parts:
Fiona Rutherford - Harp
James Breen - Drums (Maiden & Cinder)

Choral section:
Renie Shaw, Joanne Bocko, Karen Dickinson & Tree Blackmore.

Artwork by Karen Dickinson
Photography by Jamie Miles
Story by H. Brignall

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Heg & The Wolf Chorus Bristol, UK

Heg & The Wolf Chorus are an exciting blend of folk and dramatic pop, using theatrical drums, violin, frenetic piano and a rich wash of vocal harmonies to tell their stories. From twisted versions of well known fairy tales to epic stories of the stormy Atlantic plucked from Heg's family history. ... more

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Track Name: Hide! The Storm Is Coming
Hide! The storm is coming.
Lo! The clouds are turning.
Go! The time is now.
The sky’s an opera, eruptions building into song
Mountain and orchestra crescendo us along.

All the clocks stopped ticking
Every light had ceased to shine
There we lost all that we’ve known
of yours and mine.
Every bird stopped humming
Gentle sounds became a roar
And the Earth returned to what it was before.

Sink or swim? How can we fight this storm?
How can we win?
Run or hide?
Thumbs crossed over your sword
isn’t gonna slay this.

Out of cruel waters, figures stir beneath the waves
Mother nature speaks and everything behaves
And the wind is coming
Spinning low with thunder fast
Better run before the storm gets you at last.

Sink or swim? How can we fight this storm?
How can we win?
Run or hide?
Thumbs crossed over your sword
isn’t gonna slay this.
Track Name: Praise The Storm
Blue mountain she roared,
Down we go, down we go
Out of the mist,
Down we go, down we go.

Creatures come back to your homes
Creatures come back to your homes.

A tremor in the ground,
Up we go, up we go.
Awaken us now,
Up we go, up we go.

Creatures come back to your homes
Creatures come back to your homes.

Praise we praise the storm, the storm
Not gods of this land for we praise the storm.

Reclaiming the land,
Hear it roar, hear it roar.
Each castle is ours,
Lift the doors, lift the doors.

The sky is our master now,
We reap this disaster now.

Praise we praise the storm, the storm
Not gods of this land for we praise the storm.
Track Name: The White Witch
Over stepping stones I’m travelling
Gathering the day
Silver pools and river bends
Are whispering my name
I hear the sweet music
A hundred years went by
I am but a woman underneath the sky

This journey that I’m taking
Among the rowan trees
I’ve seen the years ahead of me
And my soul is on it’s knees
I hear the sweet music
It’s distant now, I cry
I am but a woman burning underneath
the sky

Oh I’m conjuring this cauldron of waters
Oh I’m raising these fires from the ground
And oh you will be burning too

Each fellow man who greets me
I look upon their face
Are you the one who strikes the match
And seals me to my fate?
I hear the sweet music
It’s distant now, I cry
I am but a woman burning underneath
the sky

Oh I’m conjuring this cauldron of waters
Oh I’m raising these fires from the ground
And oh you will be burning too, more fool you

Stroam out of the gloam this is our home
Spells told in truth can always be told
No woman alive is ever alone
Send out their souls into the cold

Oh I’m conjuring this cauldron of waters
Oh I’m raising these fires from the ground
And oh you will be burning too
More fool you
You will be burning too
Track Name: Maiden
If only I were king
With jewels around my neck
If only I were queen
I’d spin gold from my dreams

I am the maiden inside the castle
I am spinning and spinning away
I haven’t spun any gold yet
I’m never going to save the day

Oh pull away
This voice inside
Is not gonna stay
not gonna stay

I heard about someone
Who could spin straw to gold
When am I going to spin?

I can see a wheel turning round
I can’t seem to catch the sound
I can feel a thread running out
I can’t seem to catch the sound

Oh pull away
This voice inside
Is not gonna stay
not gonna stay

This spin I’m in
Lend me your skin
This gold you spin
Lend me your skin

Oh pull away
This voice inside
Is not gonna stay
not gonna stay
Track Name: Cinder
Little monster boy
With his red wings on
Can you feel the volcano
In your heart?
Erupting
Erupting out

Yellow birds are not the same
As red winged hearts
My heart’s a cinder
And your love is dark
Exploding
Exploding out

With my lens I’m focusing
Each picture is
eruptions from within
Herakles I’m photographing
you
But all you see is light

Snap goes the shutter
Ash and lava pouring out

Little monster boy
With his red wings on
Can you feel the volcano
In your heart?
Track Name: Giant
Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum!
I smell the blood of an English woman
I smell the blood of an English man

Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum!
From the hills I will rise!

Boom! Another footstep
I can see them coming
I can see them, see them coming

Oh I’m gonna rise up, rise up
Oh I’m gonna grow so tall
I can be a giant, giant
Like the ones that rose before

Spine gets longer
I can feel in bones I am tall
Skin gets thicker
I can crunch, I can grind

Boom! Another footstep
I can see them coming
I can see them, see them coming

Oh I’m gonna rise up, rise up
Oh I’m gonna grow so tall
I can be a giant, giant
Like the ones that rose before

I can be a giant I can find the bones
Climb into the clouds and make a new home
Track Name: Fairy Hill
As I walked past a knoll one day
The faintest music I did hear
Wild flowers dance in a sweet array
To the fairy’s hum dum diddle ay

A winding path which never leads
To the top of the haunted fairy hill
The wind it drops it bows to thee
To the fairy’s hum dum diddle dee

Diddle dum, diddle dee
Diddle dum dum diddle diddle dum dum
Dum diddle dee
Diddle dum dum diddle diddle
Dum dum dee.

Under the light of winter’s moon
Was the quiet hum dum diddle
Of the fairy’s forgotten fiddle
The stomping
The secret swoon
Of the hum dum diddle doo

Diddle dum, diddle doo
Diddle dum dum diddle diddle dum dum
Dum diddle doo
Diddle dum dum diddle diddle
Dum dum doo
Track Name: Dance Of The Starlings
Dance in the wind like the day is ending
Lilting and lulling in a soft December sky
Watch how the fires illuminate the clouds
like sunset
Under each wing, all that is left of us
is burning.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Creatures rejoice as a thousand souls
take flight
Mistaking the fire for the sun in a truly
euphoric sight
Flutter and swoop in a hum of breathing sighs
Tiny wings, perfectly synchronised.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Up we go we’re lifting
How can we land? We’re drifting
Creatures of the past up gazing
Watch us gather fast sky tracing

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah.
Until the day is over.
Hallelujah.
Until the day is over.
Track Name: Witch's Lament
In the eye of the storm
I see myself
In a call of mourning

Crossing an ocean to escape
The blaze of a fire so hot
I can’t take the journey laid out
For me now

In the eyes of you
I see myself
Should I call in a song for you?

Crossing the plains to a place
Where love isn’t burnt at the stake
My hands they shake and they plead

Raising the fires
Let the oceans rise
How can we sing without?
How can we breathe without?
How can we be without
This fire?

I hope that I’ll still hope
With a hope that haunts and holds

Creeping the forests in search
Of my heart how it aches and it hurts
Oh!

Raising the fires
Let the monsters rise
How can we sing without?
How can we breathe without?
How can we be without
This fire?
Track Name: When It All Ends
Over the red hills
The shadows, the dust
I am a bird now
Watching over.

Darkness befalls us all in a storm
Just allow the mountains call
to take you away.

Can you see the way I’m flying now?
Can you feel the wind?
Watch me perch atop a mountainside
When it all ends.

Fly! Fly!

Oh sweet forests
That tower the fires
With wings I will soar now
It’s quiet up here.

Fear not this land of doom and fire
The air finds a way
to take us higher.

Can you see the way I’m flying now?
Can you feel the wind?
Watch me perch atop a mountainside
When it all ends.

Fly! Fly!
Fly! Fly!