There are musical notes that touch the very air we breathe. That’s folk music. It’s a song we sing when we work; it’s a hopeful song on a wedding day; it’s the song of happy drink; and yes, it’s a song murmured while standing in the mud of a new grave in the midst of cold rain. There is also a lot of grease in the wooden wheels of folk music. And this album by The Bara Bare Band, like all good traditional music, touches the air we breathe and greases the axles of our lives.
Fairport Convention touched that ancient wood of Britain. They burnt bonfires. And others followed that path into oaken history. Pentangle toured the world. Steeleye Span became famous with popular songs like “Gaudete” and “All Around My Hat.” But there were so many great bands: Trees, Forest, Decameron, Dando Shaft, The Incredible String Band, and its off shoot Cob (Clive’s Own Band), who released an album called Moyshe McStiff and the Tartan Lancers of the Sacred Heart. And I would be remiss to snub my two favorites: Hedgehog Pie and the incredible Comus. [ . . ]