England told to prepare for worst weeks of pandemic

England’s chief medical officer has said the next few weeks will be the worst of the pandemic as he urged everyone to minimise meeting people.

Prof Chris Whitty said the public should not wait for any government “tinkering” with rules but should “double down” now on avoiding any unnecessary contacts.

Pleading with the public he said: “Even within them [the rules], we should be doing our level best to minimise the amount of unnecessary contact with people who are not in our household. I can’t emphasise that enough.”

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said the NHS was facing its “most dangerous” point. | Continue at THE GUARDIAN

England to enter toughest Covid lockdown since March

England will enter its toughest nationwide lockdown since March, with schools closed and people allowed to leave home once a day for exercise for at least six weeks, Boris Johnson has announced as the numbers of people in hospital reach new highs.

All pupils will switch to remote learning until the February half-term, the prime minister said in an address to the nation, and GCSE and A-level exams are unlikely to go ahead as planned. All non-essential shops will be told to close.

Under the third national lockdown, people in England will be ordered to stay at home until at least 15 February and advised only to leave once a day for exercise. MPs are expected to vote the tough new measures into law from Wednesday, though businesses will be advised to close from Monday night [ . . . ]

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This month’s chart – English Folk Expo

FOLK Albums Chart

Here are the Official Folk Albums Chart top 40 for November 2020

Last Month This Month Album Artist
NEW 1 OFF OFF ON THIS IS THE KIT
1 2 SONG FOR OUR DAUGHTER LAURA MARLING
2 3 WE GET BY JAMIE WEBSTER
NEW 4 ONE LEGEND – TWO CONCERTS – LIVE RUNRIG
NEW 5 HOME RECORDINGS MARTIN SIMPSON
3 6 HAND ME DOWN KATE RUSBY
NEW 7 THE BBC SESSIONS 1984-1986 POGUES
5 8 PEACE LEVELLERS
NEW 9 PTS DEAD CLUB TUNNG
15 10 THE LIVING MOUNTAIN JENNY STURGEON
NEW 11 BUDDIES II – STILL BUDDIES FRANK TURNER & JON SNODGRASS
NEW 12 STRANGE LIGHTS OVER GARTH MOUNTAIN GWENIFER RAYMOND
6 13 BOSS JAMIE WEBSTER
NEW 14 GLASTONBURY 92 LEVELLERS
9 15 THE LOST WORDS – SPELL SONGS LOST WORDS
19 16 THE LIVELONG DAY LANKUM
4 17 BETWEEN A BREATH AND A BREATH DYBLE LONGDON
7 18 WHERE THE WORLD IS THIN KRIS DREVER
12 19 CURES WHAT AILS YA LONGEST JOHNS
11 20 A PILGRIM’S TALE SETH LAKEMAN
8 21 HEART’S EASE SHIRLEY COLLINS
10 22 WRACKLINE FAY HIELD
23 23 SLEEP ON THE WING BIBIO
NEW 24 EMERGENCY LULLABIES MERRY HELL
17 25 KARINE POLWART’S SCOTTISH SONGBOOK KARINE POLWART
20 26 2020 RICHARD DAWSON
14 27 LIVE AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH PLYMOUTH SETH LAKEMAN
16 28 HOLD FAST STICK IN THE WHEEL
NEW 29 HOLLY HEAD KATE RUSBY
NEW 30 RECEIVER RHEINGANS SISTERS
22 31 BATTLEFIELD DANCE FLOOR SHOW OF HANDS
25 32 THE LOVE THAT YOU WANT LEWIS WATSON
34 33 HILL OF BEANS RALPH MCTELL
NEW 34 RIDDLE SONGS STEF CONNER
NEW 35 BLACK FEATHERS SAM BROOKES
21 36 INTO THE DEPTHS OF HELL JOSHUA BURNSIDE
24 37 OLD WOW SAM LEE
38 38 LIVE ACROSS SCOTLAND SKERRYVORE
32 39 SHUFFLE AND GO FAIRPORT CONVENTION
27 40 DIVERSIONS VOL 5 – LIVE & UNACCOMPANIED UNTHANKS
Source: This month’s chart – English Folk Expo

Rediscovering the mystic beauty of UK psych-folk outfit Trees

Contemporaries of Pentangle and Fairport Convention, the group is now the subject of a lovingly curated box set reissue.

David Costa’s home sits almost equidistant between Stonehenge and Glastonbury in England’s Somerset county. For the 73-year-old graphic designer, who helped create the cover art for Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Queen’s A Night at the Opera, it’s the perfect location to wait out the pandemic, and to contemplate retirement. His home’s locale is also, as he says with a knowing laugh, “pretty apt” when it comes time to field a Skype call about his days as guitarist in Trees, the acid-folk quintet that bloomed for a brief four years in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

The group was one of many British artists in that era who were fusing the traditional folk music of their home country with the psychedelic rock that was being baked to perfection on the West Coast of the United States. Like Costa’s home, the music of Trees stood at the musical midway point between England’s mystical, pagan past and the electric sounds celebrated at Glastonbury.

Though Trees were part of a scene that included luminaries like Fairport Convention, Pentangle, and the Incredible String Band, their two lush, incandescent albums—1970’s The Garden of Jane Delawney and 1971’s On The Shore—never achieved widespread acclaim. In the five decades since their inception, the group’s legacy has been kept alive through the efforts of dedicated fans like Danger Mouse, who built the title track for Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere on a sample of Trees’ version of the traditional ballad “Geordie.” Other artists, like modern folk musician Sally Anne Morgan stumbled upon the band after a night spent going down a YouTube wormhole. Continue reading