Some requests before we start...
THE WATERSONS - I've recently
bought the reissued CDs and the huge box set but am missing one track from the
original 'Yorkshire Garland' album that was omitted from the re-release, no
idea why. Would therefore like to get hold of The Plains
SPUD - I'd love to get hold of the two
Spud albums with Dermot O'Connor - when I was in Poteen there was talk of myself
and Joe O'Donnell teaming up with him to form a new band, but it never happened.
Pity. Anyway, all I have is an old cassette of 'A Silk
Purse' and 'A Sow's Ear', neither of which
play any more. I recently found a download link ('Grown So Ugly' that had a
vinyl rip of one - does the other even exist?)
BERT JANSCH - several people have asked
if I have 'L A Turnaround' - no I don't, and I
don't know anyone who does. It seems to have vanished forever - even Bert himself
couldn't find a copy when compiling a recent anthology. Posted over at Time
Has Told Me.
If anyone has got a copy of any of these, *please* rip it & post it
somewhere. I'll happily post them here if you dont have a blog of your own (and
give you all the credit, of course). Also:
SHIRLEY COLLINS - I've been trying to get
hold of the 'Within Sound' box set, but Fledg'ling
have sold out - they're not planning to press any more - and the only copy I
can see is going for £100 on Amazon. If anyone
has a copy they'd be willing to sell me for a reasonable sum, please
drop me a line
. Alternatively, if you can let me have it in MP3 format that
would be fine as well - I know that's a bit naughty but I *will* pay for it
if I can find it at a reasonable price. Got the MP3s, now I need the CDS...
"And now, back to the records"...
More folky stuff this time I'm afraid. I get like this from time to time -
obsessed with a particular artist or genre.
I can honestly say that, right now, I would happily spend the rest of my life
listening to The Watersons, Shirley Collins, Anne Briggs and Spirogyra to the
exclusion of anything else. And it's all down to Bazza Dransfield and his recent
emails. Of course I've known most of that stuff for 30 years or more, but it's
equally true that, apart from the odd Fairport, Steeleye or Trees album, most
of it has been unlistened-to since CD took over as my medium of choice.
So I now have a 'folk' playlist on my iPod that consists of the following albums:
- A Bed Of Roses
- A Yorkshire Garland
- Angel Delight
- Anne Briggs
- Anthems In Eden
- Battle Of The Field
- Bells, Boots & Shambles
- Bright Phoebus
- Cruel Sister
- Folk Roots, New Routes
- For Pence And Spicy Ale
- Lark Rise To Candleford
- Love, Death And The Lady
- Morris On
- No Roses
- No-One Stands Alone
- Old Boot Wine
- On The Shore
- Once In A Blue Moon
- Please To See The King
- St Radiguns
- Summer Solstice
- Tam-Lin (see below)
- The Garden Of Jane Delawney
- The Power Of The True Love Knot
- The Time Has Come
I really have no desire to hear anything else for now.
Oh - and I'm off to see Waterson Carthy tomorrow night. Still quality stuff,
though IMHO not in the same league without Mike (or Lal). Oh - and I'm probably
going to Hastings on Saturday, so may pop in to see the Dransfield
If Bazza's emails hadn't been enough of a spur, by coincidence BBC Radio 4
broacast a documentary on Bright Phoebus a few weeks ago. The actual transmission
date was before my personal reawakening, and by the time I went to listen to
it the programme had been taken down from the Listen Again pages of the BBC
Web site. Luckily I'm a long time Usenet user, and a post to uk.music.folk turned
up a couple of people who had recorded it and they sent me MP3s - thanks to
Look, I'm not sure about the legality of posting a recent BBC broadcast -
actually, yes I am, I shouldn't do it - but for my regular visitors you can
download the programme here (no you can't, it's gone now). I
hope the original recording person doesn't mind. Note: I'm going to
delete that in a few days - I don't want the wrath of Aunty Beeb on me. Funny,
you know, Dave Bulmer is on there... he doesn't *sound* like the antichrist...
Of course, Bright Phoebus is one of the albums that I *have* continued to
play throughout these years - my god if you don't know how good it is and have
the remotest interest in classy music than you owe it to yourself to download
it from my previous post and listen. Fer Chissakes it's *free* - but if it's
ever released in a format that results in Mike, or Lal's family getting any
money I will immediately delete that file and will personally buy half a dozen
copies for people. As The Guvnor said, you have a *duty* to hear that album.
Which is not to ignore the rest of the Watersons recorded output, but most
of that *is* available and - as I mentioned above - I recently bought the 4CD
box set. And if you really can't cope with unaccompanied traditional music,
Lal's albums with Oliver Knight are essential. Really.
Anyway - two more obscure folk albums from days gone by...
Alastair McDonald - Tam Lin (1971)
I know absolutely squat about Scottish music so I've no idea if this is a lost
classic or a pile of poo - but I like it a lot. Trivial info - it's on the Youngblood
label, which is the same label as my copy of Roy Harper's "Return Of The
01 - Tam Lin
02 - The Twa Corbies
03 - Bratach Bana (The Shining White Banner)
04 - Chairlie O Chairlie
05 - Donald MacGillavray
06 - Johnny O'Breadislea
07 - Song Of Clandonald
08 - Normond Braes
09 - McPhersons Rant
10 - Andro And His Cutty Gun
Download from here.
Farmstead - The Sheep And The Hay (1977)
A local amateur group from the Western Yorkshire dales. Only 500 copies were
made, I've got one - so where are the others? Trivial info: I used to sing 'Lord
George' with my band Brahms & Liszt around the London pub circuit in the
01 - The Sheep And The Hay
02 - Chickens In The Garden
03 - Three Airs
04 - Lord George
05 - Western Breeze
06 - The Three Peaks
07 - Sleeping Lion
08 - The Huntsman's Chorus
09 - Line O'er The Fell
10 - Turning Of The Year & Morris Jig
11 - The Roving Fiddler
12 - Song Of The Yorkshire Dales
Download from here.
Post script: Yesterday I received the
CD of 'Shining Bright' that I bought last week over the web. I played it this
Sorry - I really wanted to like it, I really did. But apart from Dayteller
(who he?), Eliza Carthy (no surprise there, she grew up with her auntie Elaine's
incredible music) and Maddy Prior (jeez, she can't half still crack it vocally)
the rest of it is pretty average. Not the songs, mind you, I mean the singers
& performances. Oh, OK, a grudging approval for Christy Moore.
Christine Collister epitomises, for me, a bland & overproduced modern professional
singer. Why is modern music so soulless? Why don't I like anything Richard Thompson
has done since Pour Down Like Silver, or REM since Pageant, or Pink Floyd since
Meddle (don't get me started on that) - is it to do with knowing what you're
doing? When bass players learn what bass players are supposed to do they nearly
always become uninteresting. And the same goes for singers & songwriters.
In my opinion.