From the Library: More English Folk

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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