From the Library: More English Folk

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 19 February, 2009

Elrik Merlin writes:

Having received a number of positive comments on the playlist yesterday, I decided to select some additional material from my library for today’s show – thus the title.

So today we are featuring some more English folk artists, including the complete released works of Nick Drake (shown left), sadly lost after a career of just five years, from 1969 until his untimely death in 1974, who is now rightly regarded as a major influence on the British music scene and is much more popular than he was at the time. If you don’t know him, read about him here. You’ll also hear selected Fairport Convention, the deeply moving recordings of Kate Rusby (she consistently moves me to tears, and who could not be so moved, listening to a song like My Young Man?) and others such as the talented songwriter Tony Hazzard (whom I suppose can be classified as Folk Rock). I’ve also included a personal modern favourite, Caroline Lavelle, whom I strongly recommend.

I was asked yesterday why I didn’t play anything from Karine Polwart – well of course she is Scottish, but I also love her music, so she is in the playlist today. I’ve also included Kathryn Tickell’s Northumbrian pipes. And when I came along at midnight SLT to update the programme this morning, we were playing The Sea by Fotheringay – one of my favourite tracks of all time – and I was again reminded what a marvel it is, with Sandy Denny’s soaring vocals and eerie lyrics. So I left the one and only Fotheringay album in the list.

To leaven the mix in an historical direction, I’ve also included some traditional sea-chanteys and English songs down the ages from Greensleeves to Keep the Home Fires Burning.

Once again, I hope you enjoy today’s show.

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