As well as drawing on many references within our own folk traditions, the music also draws on the cultural origins of the many peoples that now comprise contemporary British culture. It layers Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Australian and European elements against a mostly contemporary British backdrop. From 12th century hurdy gurdy to didgeridoo, from the pulsing rhythms of the Dhol Foundation and the nostalgic brass of the Black Dyke Band, from Arab laments over drum and bass to meditative moments with string section - the soundtrack is a really eclectic mix. It is also a story of forbidden love.
I have really enjoyed working with the singers, all of whom have added a lot to the music. Elizabeth Fraser, Paul Buchanan, Alison Goldfrapp, Iarla O Lionaird and Richie Havens are some of my long time favorite voices and I was delighted that they were willing to take a part. Their performances covered a real range of emotions that brought the OVO family to life.