Release Date 22/01/2021
This limited edition vinyl release is a double LP pressing on 180g heavyweight, translucent ORANGE vinyl in gatefold packaging.
Limited release to 1000 pressings; each vinyl is hand numbered.
Kate Rusby's album, Hand Me Down, started life a few years ago whilst she was rehearsing for the Jo Whiley Show on BBC Radio 2. Jo asks her live music guests to perform songs of their own plus any cover version of their choice, Kate's choice at that time was Oasis' "Don't Go Away"; on her second visit to the show she chose by 'Friday I'm in Love' by The Cure.
"As a folk singer, it's what I do, re-interpret existing songs, but usually the songs are much, much older. After playing a version of Oasis' 'Don't Go Away' on the BBC Radio 2 Jo Whiley show, about 5 years ago, it dawned on me that not just the very old songs are handed down through the generations, but also favourite songs of any age, of any generation. Songs are precious for many different reasons. With 'Don't Go Away' proving so popular on the last album and hearing the reaction when we performed it on tour, I decided, "Right, that's it! I am doing a whole album of covers."
It was always the plan to make this album this year, lock-down just made it more intimate. We have laughed and we have cried, we have danced and we have sung. All of that is here, engrained in every track."
"'Now I like Prince, I like the Bangles, but this might be my favourite, my favourite cover ever" – Steve Wright BBC Radio 2
Everybody loves Kate Rusby’ - Sunday Times
‘Oh my god. This is just beautiful' - Jo Whiley BBC Radio 2
‘Kate Rusby is a peerless vocalist' - Financial Times
SIDE A: Manic Monday (written by Prince and a hit for The Bangles in 1986) /
Everglow (Coldplay) / Days (The Kinks/Kirsty McColl)
SIDE B: If I Had A Boat (Lyle Lovett) / Maybe Tomorrow (from The Littlest Hobo, a Canadian TV series, performed by Terry Bush) / The Show (Connie TV series theme song, written by Willy Russell, performed by Rebecca Storm)
SIDE C: Shake It Off (Taylor Swift) / True Colours (Cindi Lauper) / Carolina On My Mind (James Taylor)
SIDE D: Love Of The Common People (Paul Young) / Friday I'm In Love (The Cure) / Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)