PETER HOWELL & JOHN FERDINANDO - Ithaca, Agincourt & other psych-folk fairy tales. From 1968 to 1974, producers, composers, singers and multi-instrumentalists Peter Howell and John
Ferdinando created a total of five albums under different project names, including “Ithaca” and “Agincourt”, which came out as very limited pressings.
Incredibly rare and highly sought-after for years, the records contained a magical world brimming with folk music, soft psychedelia, psych-pop and progressive overtones.
Munster presents a selection of tracks from those wonderful albums in this 21-track double LP accompanied by a 19-track CD of totally distinct material.
For fans of The Incredible String Band, Canterbury Sound, Donovan, Belle & Sebastian...
If you know about high prices on online music sites or are part of any worldwide record collectors circles, albums from groups such as Ithaca and Agincourt might sound familiar. Producers, composers, singers and multi-instrumentalists Peter Howell and John Ferdinando are two English musicians who started their partnership in the mid-60s. From 1968, with the release of their soundtrack for the play “Alice Through The Looking Glass”, until the release of a project called “Friends” in 1974, they put together a total of five albums, “Ithaca” and “Agincourt” being the two most expensive and collectable of all of them.
Their music is absolutely exquisite and truly unique. It is predominantly folk, but very far from its traditional format. The longer you listen to their legacy, you’re going to find peculiar elements of classical gestures plus many flourishes of soft psychedelia, idiosyncratic progressive overtones, acid-folk and a taste that you’re always entering the enchanting toy world of psych-pop. It does make total sense that the word “cult” is frequently applied to describe their creations.
On this compilation (a 21-track double LP accompanied by a 19-track CD of totally distinct material), we also have the chance to read their own words. Both of them were interviewed for the liner notes, where they reveal their secret influences and their simple but unexpected ways of creating and composing.
Be subtle, be daring and immerse yourself in the magic world of Peter Howell and John Ferdinando. RECORD STORE DAY 2019. This release, across its LP and CD formats, contains the following albums in their entirety: Agincourt - Fly Away, Ithaca - A Game For All Who Know, plus selections from: Peter Howell and John Ferdinando - Alice Through The Looking Glass, Friends - Fragile, Tomorrow Come Someday - Tomorrow Come Someday