Tag Archives: British folk music

Oysterband’s From Little Rock to Leipzig

Amazon UK has a description for this album worth reading:  ‘A playful live album, 1991’s From Little Rock to Leipzig finds John Jones, Ian Telfer, and crew in a boisterous mood, attacking songs of their own and others with raucous abandon and … Continue reading

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Michael Brocken’s The British Folk Revival, 1944-2002

Liz Milner penned this review. The British Folk Revival is often overlooked. It is mostly viewed as the pale, plain stepsister to the flamboyant American revival of the late 1950s and ’60s. Michael Brocken seeks to redress this imbalance with what … Continue reading

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Fairport Convention’s Live At The BBC 

With the release of the original Heyday cassette in 1976, Fairport Convention was probably one of the earliest groups to take advantage of the “BBC Sessions” format. Since then, it has become reasonably commonplace for bands to release such artefacts, sometimes to … Continue reading

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David Ingle’s The Bacchanalian Tradition in British Isles Songs, 1600-1900

It’s hard to go wrong when you’re talking about (and singing) drinking songs to a group of amiable and lubricated folkies in a warm room on a cold, rainy night. David Ingle did a fine job providing context for English … Continue reading

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My favorite recordings of 2015

It’s a tradition for reviewers to draw up a Top 10 at the end of a calendar year. It’s also a tradition in an online music community that I’ve belonged to for about as long as I’ve been writing for … Continue reading

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Dear Richard, Please Will You Play…? Three shows, three settings, one happy woman

Saturday night in Saratoga, California and for the third time in as many months, I’m gearing up to let an evening of music make me very, very happy. ​The Carriage House, at the Montalvo Arts Centre, is a lovely little … Continue reading

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