NEWSLETTER #131
Folk Music -  British Isles & Europe
Dave Arthur -> Various Artists

DAVE ARTHUR
BOB FOX
DAVY GRAHAM
A.L. LLOYD
MARTIN SIMPSON
JUNE TABOR
THE WITCHES OF ELSWICK
TRI YANN
DANU
SEAMUS HEANEY & LIAM O'FLYNN
SOLAS
VARIOUS ARTISTS
 

 

ENGLAND DAVE ARTHUR Wild Goose 313 Return Journey ● CD $15.98
Fine new album from this talented folk performer who has been around since the 70s. This is a collection of old time ballads and tunes from the British Isles and America. Dave sings and accompanies himself on banjo, melodeon and guitar and is accompanied by Pete Cooper (fiddle, viola, harmony vocals) and Chris Moreton (guitar).

 
ENGLAND BOB FOX Topic TSCD 544 Borrowed Moments ● CD $15.98
New recordings from this superb singer and guitarist from the North of England. Includes four fine traditional songs and seven more recent compositions from Chris Leslie, ewan MacColl, Ralph McTell, Jez Lowe and others. Fine singing and playing with accompaniments on accordion, whistle, bass, etc.

 
ENGLAND DAVY GRAHAM Sanctuary 81314 The Guitar Player ● CD $11.98
Reissue of Davy's ground breaking debut LP from 1963 plus eight bonus tracks - three live sides from 1967 and five tracks from his 1976 album "All That Moody". The bonus tracks were previously available on two Roller Coaster CDs.

 
ENGLAND A.L. LLOYD Fellside 173 England & Her Traditional Songs ● CD $16.98
19 tracks, 52 mins, highly recommended. Fabulous collection of traditional English songs sung by A.L. Lloyd whose contributions to the British folk scene are immense. He was a tireless researcher and writer and provided an inspiration and encouragement to the many young performers who emerged in the 60s and 70s. The performances here were recorded in 1960 and issued on an LP and EP on the Collector label. Although the original tapes have long since disappeared Fellside have done a superb job remastering from the original vinyl. Lloyd was a distinctive singer - not a pretty voice but a remarkably effective one. Half the tracks are acapella and the rest feature the concertina accompaniment of his long time associate Alf Edwards. If you have listened to much of the British folk revival all these songs will be familiar to you but this was the first time they were recorded outside of field recordings of rural singers. Includes The Devil And The Ploughman/ A Sailor's Life/ Salisbury Plain/ George Collins/ The Whale-Catchers/ Ye Mar'ners All/ The Grey Cock/ Lovely Joan/ The Gentleman Soldier/ Broomfield Hill and more. Booklet includes notes on the all songs based on Lloyd's original liner notes. Glorious! (FS)

 
ENGLAND MARTIN SIMPSON Red House 169 Righteousness & Humility ● CD $16.98
Newest by this brilliant English singer and guitarist is a collection of American songs - mostly old time country and blues including John Hardy/ I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes/ Payday/ Ghost In The Pines/ Love Never Dies/ Rico/ Wild Bill Jones/ Rollin' And Tumblin', etc.

 
ENGLAND JUNE TABOR Topic TSCD 543 An Echo Of Hooves ● CD $15.98
The latest from this great English folk performer is a collection of all traditional ballads. Most tracks feature her accompanied by usual backing group featuring piano, celo, viola, violin and bass. Several cuts feature contributions from guitarist Martin Simpson or Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell.

 
ENGLAND THE WITCHES OF ELSWICK Fellside 180 Out Of Bed ● CD $16.98
13 tracks, 53 mins, recommended Fine debut album from this quartet of women singers based in the Northeast of England performing a selection of mostly traditional songs along with a few more recent songs in a traditional vein. Their singing is energetic and melodious and their their harmonies are true. Includes Daddy Fox/ Lord Randal/ The Blue Cockade/ The Scarecrow/ Bonny At Morn/ The Tree In The Wood/ Honey For The Bee, etc. (FS)

 
FRANCE TRI YANN Universal (France) 077 331-2 Anthologie ● CD $54.98
Three CD set with 12 page booklet in book format featuring a retrospective of this fine Breton group who have been active since the 70s. 53 tracks in all.

 
IRELAND DANU Shanachie 78057 The Road Less Traveled ● CD $16.98
New album from this excellent seven piece Irish band features their new vocalist Muireann Nic Amhlaiobh.

 
IRELAND SEAMUS HEANEY & LIAM O'FLYNN Claddagh CCT 21 The Poet & The Piper ● CD $18.98
Acclaimed Irish poet Seamus Heaney reads his poems interspersed with instrumental passages from brilliant piper and whistler Liam O'Flynn.

 
IRELAND SOLAS Shanachie 78056 Another Day ● CD $16.98
New album from this talented Irish-American group features five instrumental sets and seven songs - some traditional plus songs by Dan Fogelberg, Kieran Goss & Dougie McLean.

 
SCOTLAND VARIOUS ARTISTS Greentrax CDTRAX 244 A' The Bairns O Adam - Hamish Henderson Tribute Album ● CD $15.98
A tribute to the songs and poems of the great Scots writer Hamish Henderson, who died in 2002, performed by Rod Patterson, Alsion McMoreland, The Corrie Folk Trio, Margaret Bennett, Gordeanna McCulloch, Dick Gaughan, The Laggan, Allan McDonald and others including a couple by Hamish himself including the spine chilling The 51st Highland Division's Farewell To Sicily.

 

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