A festive mix feat. Olivia Chaney, Steve Tilston, Anne Briggs, Bert Jansch, Dick Gaughan, Coope, Boyes & Simpson, Jean Ritchie, Martin Carthy and more.
My first festive mix of the year featuring Olivia Chaney, Steve Tilston, Anne Briggs, Bert Jansch, Dick Gaughan, Lady Maisery and Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Coope, Boyes & Simpson, Martha Tilston, Jean Ritchie, Blind Boy Grunt (Bob Dylan)/Richard Fariña/Eric Von Schmidt, Nadia Cattouse, Jethro Tull, Johnny Cunningham, Susan McKeown & Aidan Brennan, Martin Carthy (with June Tabor), Richard Thompson, Chris Wood, Ewan McCall and Peggy Seeger, Lal Waterson, Bernard Wrigley and David Strawbridge & Tim Laycock.
Olivia Chaney – Waxwing
Steve Tilston – Roving on a Winter’s Night
Anne Briggs – Fire And Wine
Bert Jansch – The January Man
Dick Gaughan – The Snows They Melt The Soonest
Lady Maisery and Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith – Winter Berries
Lady Maisery and Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith – The Old Churchyard
Coope, Boyes & Simpson – The Meadowhall Carol
Martha Tilston – Winter Flowers
Jean Ritchie – Wintergrace
Blind Boy Grunt/Richard Fariña/Eric Von Schmidt – Xmas Island
Nadia Cattouse – Red & Green Christmas
Jethro Tull – First Snow in Brooklyn
Johnny Cunningham, Susan McKeown & Aidan Brennan – A Christmas Childhood
Johnny Cunningham, Susan McKeown & Aidan Brennan – My Singing Bird
John Kirkpatrick – Wassail
Martin Carthy – Hunting The Cutty Wren (w/ June Tabor)
Richard Thompson – The Snow Goose
Chris Wood – Turtle Soup
Ewan McCall and Peggy Seeger – Moving on Song
Lal Waterson – Christmas Is Now Drawing Near at Hand
Opening this week’s Folk Show is New Zealand songstresses Anna Wooles, Deanne Krieg, and Rose Blake – best known as Ida Lune whose debut album we reviewed here. Those dainty, decorative and masterful voices lead beautifully into the new offering from James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra with lead single ‘Struggle’, a tender and beautiful love song to his children, taken from their new album ‘The Wide, Wide River’.
Featuring Beth Orton, we have Sam Amidon‘s Sundown, taken from his recently released self-titled album – “A handsome and entirely seductive album” – which we reviewed here. Those that have been keeping up with our premieres this week will recognise ‘Life Lives Inside’, a song that explores life’s uncertainties and hopes, by Flo Perlin & Pilgrims’ Dream while only just premiered today, it was impossible to not include the new single from revered Scottish folk songstress Karen Matheson. ‘Cassiopeia Coming Through’ features on her new album ‘Still Time‘ (released February 2021 on Vertical Records) – a collection of contemporary and traditional-sounding songs featuring an intoxicating palette of sonic textures wrapped around that instantly recognisable voice. Featuring piano and production by Donald Shaw, this new album is a creative discovery from this summer’s unexpected lockdown. Continue reading →
00:00 Skipper’s Alley – The Farmer’s Curst Wife 03:40 Breabach – Proud to Play a Pipe 10:18 Mick Hanly & Mícheál O Dhomhnaill – An Bothán A Bhaigh Fionnghuala 12:12 The Bonny Men – Jenny’s Welcome To Charlie 17:06 The Deadlians – I don’t wanna ride yer aul one anymore. 19:46 The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock – Suffer the Wait 24:15 Trembling Bells – The Auld Triangle 30:05 Declan O’Rourke – Indian Meal 33:25 Ensemble Ériu – Gleann na Réimsí 39:17 Joe Heaney – Singing in Connemara (Extract) 39:43 Lisa O’Neill – As I Roved Out 44:24 Ye Vagabonds – When We Were Trees 46:35 Brìghde Chaimbeul – Mary Breenan’s / The Reeling, The Reeling 49:49 Croft No. Five – Track 1 55:07 Breda Smyth – Bachelor’s Walk 59:07 Shooglenifty – Samhla Reel / Scolpaig 01:05:19 Ross Ainslie, Ali Hutton – Action 01:09:24 Jiggy – Ócam an Phríosúin 01:13:04 Martin Low / Martyn Bennett – This Sky Thunders
Despite being a St Patrick’s Day special, there’s also a nice mix of Scottish artists included – we even start in a well known fictional pub on a Hebridean island – Summerisle.
Featuring Skipper’s Alley, Breabach, The Bonny Men, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, The Deadlians, Trembling Bells (ft. Alasdair Roberts, Ricky Ross, Dan Haywood, Mike Heron, Scott Fagan and Amy Cutler), Declan O’Rourke, Ensemble Ériu, Lisa O’Neill, Joe Heaney, Ye Vagabonds, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Jiggy, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton, Martyn Bennett, Shooglenifty and more.
Featuring Voice of the People, Sam Lee, Lisa O’Neill, Lisa Knapp, Olivia Chaney, Alasdair Roberts, Harp & a Monkey and more.
Abroad mix of traditional folk music this week including some favourites from Topic Records ‘Voice of the People’ series alongside more contemporary offerings from the likes of Sam Lee, Lisa O’Neill, Alden Patterson & Dashwood, Lisa Knapp, Olivia Chaney, Alasdair Roberts, Harp & a Monkey, Lady Maisery and Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Oysterband, Red River Dialect and more.