Watch: Lavinia Blackwall sing”The Damage We Have Done”

Enjoy the ethereal vocals and powerful lyrics of Lavinia Blackwall on her new single, ‘The Damage We Have Done’, a potent dose of folk-rock.

Probably best known as a member of the prolific Glaswegian psych-folk outfit Trembling BellsLavinia Blackwall released her debut solo album Muggington Lane End in 2020. The following year, after meeting Laura J Martin at Moseley Folk Festival and bonding over a mutual love of Robert Wyatt’s music, the duo Wyndow was born, releasing their debut that was likened on these pages to an experimental time capsule of beautiful melodies, ethereal vocal layers, and powerful lyrics.

Those ethereal vocals and powerful lyrics are still very present on Blackwall’s new solo single ‘The Damage We Have Done’, a potent dose of folk-rock, and a sign of new things to come. She tells us, ‘”The Damage We Have Done’ was inspired by Percy Shelley’s poem ‘Ozymandias’. It’s about the brevity we have on this planet, the fact that we can’t take anything with us, hoping to leave behind something meaningful and the hope that one day we’ll all meet again, the realisation that there is an environmental and spiritual consequence to the lives we choose to lead. We initially recorded the single at the barn around the time of the pandemic. I wrote it at the piano, but there’s no piano on the final edit. We went down a bit of a rabbit hole with this one, with strings, thumb piano, far too many guitar parts. I must have recorded the vocals about 60 times and was really struggling to get it right, but got there eventually”

Maybe heightened by the presence of the paisley, the chorus called to mind the cultural reawakening of the late sixties, although the message here is far more pressing. Like Shelly’s poem, it warns against the arrogance that often accompanies great wealth and power and reminds us of the transient nature of all things and that change is not desired but needed; the weight of that message is felt throughout.

The single is out tomorrow, March 29th, ahead of her UK tour, which commences on April 2nd (dates below).

Lavinia Blackwall Tour Dates


Sun 2nd – Birmingham Kitchen garden cafe

Mon 3rd – The Castle Hotel Manchester

Tues 4th – The Ferret Preston

Thurs 6th – The Golden Lion Todmorden

Fri 7th – The Piper St Leonards

Sat 8th- The Glad cafe, Glasgow

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Source: Watch: Lavinia Blackwall – The Damage We Have Done

New Folk Radio episode #86

Opening this week’s Folk Show is New Zealand songstresses Anna WoolesDeanne 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

A day late but… here’s a St. Patrick’s Day music special

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.

Source Folk Radio UK

Folk Radio: Episode 70 

Featuring music from Sam Carter, Salt House, Sam Sweeney, Julie Abbé, Georgia Ruth, SIAN, Dick Gaughan, The Boys of the Lough & lots more.

Music Played

00:00 The Bonny Men – An tSean Bhean Bhocht
02:45 Sam Carter – The Forge
06:07 Sweeney’s Men – Johnson
09:35 Ye Vagabonds – The Hare’s Lament
14:29 Paddy Keenan And Tommy O’Sullivan – Reels: Collier’s / The Woman Of The House
17:57 Riley Baugus – Train On The Island
20:59 Clarence Ashley – Dark Holler Blues
25:38 Spence Moore and Roy Birns – Jimmy Sutton
28:13 The Boys of the Lough – General Guinness
30:55 The Ian Campbell Folk Group – The Unquiet Grave
32:36 Dick Gaughan – Banks of Green Willow
38:44 Julie Abbé – A Poet to His Beloved
41:09 Dana Anastasia – Cassiopeia
45:39 Sam Sweeney – Highway To Warrington
50:22 Salt House – All Shall Be Still
55:12 Georgia Ruth – Madryn
57:52 Sian – Bha Mo Leannan Ann
01:01:48 Fidil – The Fantastic Reel / Mhúineál A’ Bhardáil / The Merry Sisters
01:05:29 Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick – Domeama


This week’s Folk Show features, alongside some new and forthcoming releases, a dip into the past. We go back to the 1960s and 70s courtesy of Sweeny’s MenClarence AshleySpence Moore and Roy BirnsThe Boys of the LoughThe Ian Campbell Folk Group and Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, several recordings are from old vinyl releases. Plus some favourites from Ye Vagabonds, Dick Gaughan and the incredible Paddy Keenan & Tommy O’Sullivan. Continue reading

Lost in Transmission: Ep 53

by Alex Gallacher / FOLK RADIO UK 7 February, 2020

An extra-long show this week featuring new releases from Ned Roberts, Bronwynne Brent, Citizen Bravo (ft. Karine Polwart),  Tami Neilson, Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band, Matt McGinn, The Bonny Men, Troda, Alden Patterson and Dashwood, Bonny Light Horseman, Sam Lee, Sallows, Dàibhidh Stiùbhard, John Blek, Jeffrey Foucault, Fierce Flowers, Secret Sisters, Arborist and lots more.

Music Played

00:00 Ned Roberts – Wrong Side Of You
02:59 Bronwynne Brent – Big Talker
05:49 Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald and Friends, Karine Polwart – Pickle Your Knees
07:25 Nick Cave – Sure Nuff N Yes I Do
09:59 Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir – Never Be Dead
12:18 Tami Neilson – Ten Tonne Truck
14:36 Marlon Williams – Hello Miss Lonesome
17:45 Mikhael Paskalev – I Spy
20:20 Sean Hayes – Little Maggie
23:47 Tragedy Ann – Neon & Velour
27:04 Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band – Houdini Didn’t Like The Spiritualists (Featuring Shannon McNally)
31:03 Matt McGinn – Child of War
34:39 The Bonny Men – Jenny’s Welcome To Charlie
39:32 Troda – El Dorado’s
43:19 Alden Patterson and Dashwood – The Dyeing Room
45:28 Bonny Light Horseman – Magpie’s Nest
50:15 Sam Lee – Worthy Wood
54:13 Sallows – Old Man
58:06 Dàibhidh Stiùbhard – The Stately Woods of Truagh
01:03:12 John Blek – Flame (Little Death No3)
01:06:37 Jeffrey Foucault – Blown
01:09:23 Fierce Flowers – Tell Me Lies
01:13:07 The Secret Sisters – Tin Can Angel
01:17:27 Arborist – From the Sagging Bough of a Maple
01:22:21 Moriarty – Enjoy the Silence
01:24:16 Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard – No Hard Times
01:27:17 Lesley Riddle – John Henry
01:29:37 Otis Taylor – My Soul’s in Louisiana

SOURCE: Folk Radio UK