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NEWSLETTER #136
Folk Music - American, British Isles, etc.
Peter Bellamy ->
The Woods Band
 

 

 
 
ENGLAND PETER BELLAMY Fellside 187 Peter Bellamy/ Fair Annie ● CD $19.98
Two CDs, 33 tracks, highly recommended
Two CD set of sides by this brilliant and much missed English folk performer. The first CD reissues his superb eponymous 1974 Green Linnet album with four bonus unissued tracks. Peter sings acapella or accompanies himself on concertina and guitar on On Board A "98"/ The Poacher's Fats/ Rigs Of The Time/ Firelock Stile/ A Ship To England Came/ Nostradamus/ The Mountain Streams Where The Moorcocks Crow and others - mostly traditional English songs. The second disc features recordings made in 1980 and 1981 and originally issued on a limited edition cassette. He is joined by Chris Leslie on harmony vocals and Dave Swarbrick adds fiddle on the saucy Maid Of Australia. On these recordings Peter spreads his net wider including songs from Ireland, America and Australia. The 12 page booklet includes notes on Peter's life and music by Raymond Greenoaken and includes Peter's notes on the songs on the original Green Linnet album. Superb traditional music. (FS)

 
AMERICA NORMAN & NANCY BLAKE Vestapol 13059 The Video Collection, 1980-1995 ● CD $22.98
DVD Now on DVD. 23 film clips of performances from the period 1980 to 1995 - 62 mins.

 
ENGLAND SHIRLEY COLLINS & ALBION COUNTRY BAND Castle CMRCD 951 No Roses ● CD $14.98
9 tracks, essential
Back in print on a new label. Shirley with her fragile, vulnerable and breathy vocal style is the quintessential interpreter of English traditional song. In spite of her abiding commitment to tradition she is not afraid to experiment with musical arrangements and this, her first venture into folk-rock, is one of the high points of her career and one of the greatest folk albums of the 70s. Recorded in 1971 under the direction of he then husband Ashley Hutchings and Sandy Robertson, Shirley is accompanied by a veritable who's who of British folk and folk-rock musicians including Richard Thompson/ guitars, Dave Mattacks/ drums & percussion, Roger Powell/ drums, Lol Coxhill/ alto sax, Dave Bland/ concertina & hammered dulcimer, John Kirkpatrick/ accordion, Nic Jones/ fiddle, Colin Ross/ Northumbrian pipes, Francis Baines/ hurdy gurdy, Trevor Crozer/ Jews harp and others. There are also vocals harmonies by Maddy Prior, Nic Jones, Royston Wood, Mike Waterson and more! The songs are an impeccable selection and includes Claudy Banks/ Banks Of The Bann/ Murder Of Maria Martin (some very imaginative arrangements on this one) Van Dieman's Land/ The White Hare/ Poor Murdered Woman and others. Transfer to compact disc is excellent and set comes with new notes and commentary on each of the songs. Essential listening ! (FS)

 
ENGLAND BOB DAVENPORT Topic TSCD 552 The Common Stone ● CD $15.98
New album - the first in a long while by this superb singer from Gateshead in the North of England who started his career in the early 60s with the group The Rakes. He performs a selection of traditional, original and contemporary songs and is joined by a bevy of British singers and instrumentalists including Chumbawamba Acoustic, Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson, Jim Boyes, Lester Simpson, Linda Thompson, John Tams and many more. Includes Songs Of The Other Ranks/ Jerusalem/ Wealthy Squire/ She Moved Through The Fair/ The Cuckoo/ Heart Like A Wheel/ The Drum/ Down By The Glenside/ The Sergeant's Returned/ You Came Back Down The Long Road and more.

 
AMERICA RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOT Collector's Choice 198 Young Brigham ● CD $13.98
10 tracks, 44 mins, essential
Reissue of Jack's 1968 Reprise album - one of the very finest in his 50 year career. At the time this recorded Jack was already was one of the finest interpreters of traditional American and folk songs as well as songs from the repertoire of his good friend Woody Guthrie. On this album he expanded his repertoire somewhat to great effect without abandoning the core of his music. He does superb covers of Tim Hardin's If I Were A Carpenter, Bob Dylan's Don't Think Twice, It's Alright and, most unexpectedly, The Rolling Stones Connection. He also does a strange rambling monologue with guitar accompaniment, 912 Greens, as well as more expected material. He is joined on several tracks by musicians like Mitch Greenhill/ guitar, Peter Childs/ bass & dobro, Bill Lee/ organ, producer Bruce Langhorne on tabla and others but the arrangements are always kept low key and appropriate. It's a real delight to have this available again on CD. (FS)

 
AMERICA ODETTA Tradition 1085 The Tradition Masters ● CD $14.98
Two CD set featuring some of Odetta's earliest songs recorded for Tradition in 1956/57. Accompanied only her guitar she performs a selection of mostly traditional folk, blues, country and gospel songs - Santy Anno/ Another Man Done Gone/ 'Buked And Scorned/ Hound Dog (!)/Been In The Pen/ Gallows Tree/ Maybe She Go/ Chilly Winds/ Take This Hammer/ Lass Of The Low Country, etc. Newly remastered with new notes by Jim Bessman.

 
ENGLAND OYSTERBAND Plane 88874 Rise Above ● CD $19.98
2002 album by this great British group find them in top form on a collection of eight originals and two traditional songs. A fine blend of acoustic and electric sounds with guest apperances from Benji Kirkpatrick on bouzouki, James O'Grady on uileann pipes and others. Includes The Soul's Electric/ If You Can't Be Good/ My Mouth/ Blackwaterside/ Wayfaring/ Bright Morning Star (a beautiful acapella rendition of this traditional hymn).

 
ENGLAND PENTANGLE/ JOHN RENBOURN/ BERT JANSCH Sanctuary 86371  Pentangling ● CD $24.98
Three CD set featuring one CD each devoted to Pentangle and it's two founder members John Renbourn and Bert Jansch. Pentangle are represented by 17 songs drawn from all their Transatlantic albums and singles including Traveling Song/ Hear My Call/ In Your Mind/ Once I Had A Sweetheart/ Lord Franklin/ Reflection, etc. Renbourn has 22 sides drawn from seven Transatlantic albums recorded between 1966 and 1973 including his duet album with Jansch - Judy/ I Know My Babe/ Can't Keep From Crying/ No Exit/ Forty Eight/ The Lady & The Unicorn, etc. and Jansch has 22 tracks from eight albums recorded between 1966 and 1973 - Strolling Down The Highway/ Angie/ Needle Of Death/ Blackwater Side/ The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face/ Go Your Way My Love, etc. Includes 12 page booklet with notes by Jansch biographer Colin Harper.

 
AMERICA VARIOUS ARTISTS Vestapol 13021 The Art Of Fingerstyle Guitar ● CD $22.98
DVD Running time: 82 mins, recommended
Now on DVD with two bonus instructional tracks not on the VHS video. Sit back and marvel at the breadth of expression these nine guitar masters can dish out. Then wear out the tape trying to learn a few secrets. On the percussive end of the spectrum are Stefan Grossman, Brad Jones, Joe Miller, and Bob Brozman. Martin Simpson shows his restrained side on one solo number, then blasts off with Brozman on a pair of National Steel guitar duets, including Chimes of Timbuktu on which Brozman achieves an uncanny African kora imitation. Duck Baker joins Stefan Grossman on a slow-burning Danish Drone. Martin Carthy's Seven Yellow Gypsies is a study in pacing and timing, while Peppino D'Agostino invokes harmonics you didn't know were there on Grand Canyon and Ponteio. Two selections by John Renbourn round out the video, recorded in recent years and as crackling as any of his early work. It'd be nice to know more about tunings, but that's not much of a criticism. This video bears repeated enjoyment. (DC)

 
IRELAND THE WOODS BAND Market Square 123 Music From The Four Corners Of Hell ● CD $21.98
12 tracks, 54 mins, recommended
Fine folk-rock album by latest band led by the talented Terry Woods. Apart from Terry himself none of the members of this six member group were in the original Woods Band of the early 70s. Lead vocals are by Shane Martin who is a decent singer though more rock than folk oriented in his approach. The songs are a mix of traditional and contemporary blending folk and electric instruments (accordion, pipes, cittern, acoustic & electric guitars, drums, etc). Includes As I Roved Out/ Love On Tillery/ Terece's Farewell/ The Travellin' People (ewan MacColl's classic song)DeVarea's Green Isles/ Sea Of Heartbreak (yes, the Don Gibson country hit!)/ Leave her Johnny, Leave Her, etc. (FS)

 

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