Tag Archives: English folk rock music

Ashley Hutchings’ Burning Bright 

The title comes from the William Blake poem, “Tyger, Tyger” and the reason is…that Tyger is Ashley Hutchings‘ nickname. Having said that…let me next alert all and sundry that Free Reed is the greatest box-set compilation maker in the world, nay, universe! … Continue reading

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June Tabor & Oysterband’s Ragged Kingdom

Tabor has reunited with the Oysterband for a second album, Ragged Kingdom and the two suit each other better now than when the first album, Freedom and Rain, made in 1991. Considering that the first album was magnificent, many of … Continue reading

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Oysterband’s Alive and Shouting and Alive and Acoustic

I have a confession to make. With the exception of Jethro Tull, I have more Oysterband in my personal CD library than any other group. Really. Truly.Way back in ’96, I sold seventy or so copies of the Alive and Shouting CD … Continue reading

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Steeleye Span’s Greatest Hits: The Reunion Tour at Southport

Being an ardent fan of the band for the past 35 years, a chance to go and see them again was just too good to pass up. My home is in Chester, which is only about 35 miles away from … Continue reading

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 Martin Carthy’s The Carthy Chronicles

He’s a storyteller — he knows how to put a story across and he believes 100% in what he does.” Norma Waterson Martin Carthy is a legend in English folk music. As a solo performer, in duets with Swarbrick and others, … Continue reading

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Dave Swarbrick’s Swarb! Forty-Five years of Folk’s Finest Fiddler

Stephen Hunt penned this review. Rejoice! My friends, for what we have here is the latest “4 -CD’s and loads of goodies” box-set from Free Reed, the folks responsible for The Carthy Chronicles and Fairport unConventional. Given that Swarbrick’s career has included spells as … Continue reading

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June Tabor and the Oysterband at the Nightstage

On a cold winter night, friends dragged me, protesting, into Cambridge to see a show that I had no interest in seeing. When we walked into the (late, not terribly lamented) Nightstage, there was an odd mix of people: older … Continue reading

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Rob Young’s Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary music

When Ingrid, my wife who’s the Estate Buyer of everything from whiskies to low-head hydro, goes on a buying trip somewhere I’m interested, I take time off from managing the Pub here and go with her. Naturally I toss several … Continue reading

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Maddy Prior’s Arthur The King

No’am Newman wrote this review. There was actually a minor – but dignified – scuffle in the Green Man editorial room as to who would have the right to review this disk. Such is the pedigree of Maddy Prior — one of … Continue reading

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“Trad Boys, Trad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do….?” Liege & Lief remembered.

I’ve said it before: 1969 was a very good year. No, seriously. From the end of 1968 until the Altamont fiasco in December 1969, I had more music than most people get in their lifetimes. It was nuts, in the … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s Front Parlour Ballads

A new release from Richard Thompson is always an occasion, although this one is perhaps a bit less so than most. For an “aging folk-rocker,” Mr. Thompson is in the midst of an extraordinarily productive period. Freed from the constraints … Continue reading

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