There was a Time
Earth, Wind, Fire & Rain
Work in progress
Our first album demonstrates why Childe Rolande have been described
as a 'medieval folk-rock' band. A number of the traditional instruments
will be unfamiliar to many listeners, particularly as they are combined
with electric bass and keyboards. The lyrics tell stories from the 15th
century onwards; some even hint at a dark pagan past.
The album includes unaccompanied close harmony vocals ('When Winter Walks'),
which have become something of a trademark of the band, as well as purely
The material, with the exception of 'Sovay' and 'Lagan Love', is original,
and reflects the songs being performed live at the time.
Long Last was recorded in 1990 in our Salamonjay Studios in London.
Though originally released on cassette and sold direct by mail order, the
album became available on CD in 2006.
The track notes are by John.
vocals, bass guitar
vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, dulcimer
vocals, keyboards, autoharp, omnichord, bodhran
vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, dulcimer, cittern, hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, dulcaine, crumhorn, harmonium
tenor curtal, whistle, recorders, percussion
All text, images and music samples on this site are copyright © Childe Rolande.
1. Long Last ♫
2. Wraith of the Borderland ♫
3. Sir Richard ♫
4. Roses ♫
5. Come Dance ♫
6. Thursday‘s Childe ♫
7. The Simple Heathen ♫
8. When Winter Walks ♫
9. Sovay ♫
10. Desperate Measures ♫
11. Traitor‘s Gate ♫
12. Lagan Love ♫