FS Records

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Specialist Classical Micro-label and location recording services by Francis Shepherd

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I founded FS Records in late 2018 to release my first major recording - a disc of mostly neglected or hitherto unrecorded lute repertoire from the early 16th century by my father, lutenist and lutemaker Martin Shepherd. Alongside running the label, I am an arts administrator and cathedral layclerk living and working in Cornwall (UK). 2019 will see a couple of new and exciting projects for the label, which I hope to share details of soon.

Francis Shepherd - Label Manager
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 Praise for Fantasia (released Nov 2018)

A wonderful selection of rarely recorded intabulations and lute pieces. Martin’s graceful playing and the transcendent ambiance of the recording combine to lift the soul – a much needed corrective in these noisy times.

James S.

The sound of the lute is exquisite… beautifully recorded.

Geoff K.

Very beautiful phrasing, flowing and nicely articulated… the recording is faithful, airy and not too reverberant… a beautiful disc, at once original and relaxing.

Pascale Boquet (Société Française de Luth magazine, Winter 2018) trans.

I’ve received your CD two days ago and had time to listen through it few times already! It’s amazing! Very refined, breathy, touching playing… and I love the sound, crystal clear yet very warm… congratulations!!!

Bor Zuljan

This is a lovely CD, in which Martin Shepherd presents 24 pieces from the 16th-century lute repertoire... The recording is of a very high standard and there is good but not excessive resonance from the church where the recording was made.

John Croall (Lute News 129, Spring 2019)
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