Reviews / Folk Song in England – Steve Roud

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Best known as the man behind the Roud Folk Song Index used to reference songs collected from the oral tradition, Steve Roud is one of the leading folklorists in England. He’s published a variety of books but it’s the arrival of ‘Folk Song in England’ with over 600 pages that concerns us here. Unlike other… Read more »

Reviews / On My Page – Courtney Marie Andrews

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With her ‘Honest Life’ album, Courtney Marie Andrews got the attention that her fine songwriting deserves. It’s taken a little while to get to that point. So, Loose Music decided that re-releasing some earlier material for this freshly growing audience would be a wise move. It’s a particularly good decision as ‘On My Page’ was… Read more »

Reviews / The Young’Uns – Strangers

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How easy can it be for a trio who sing acapella, admit a love of sea shanties and unashamedly cup their hands to their ears in time honoured trad manner? You’d think if ever there was a niche act then here it is. However I’m describing the Young’Uns, who apart from having a name which… Read more »

Reviews / Official video released for The Young’uns song BE THE MAN

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  The Young ‘uns have just released this video for their great song Be The Man, for some background on the songs story have a look here The lads step out on this month: 4  LANCASTER Dukes Theatre  https://dukes-lancaster.org/?event=younguns  01524 598 500 5  SHEFFIELD City Hall (Memorial Hall)  www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/The-Young-Uns 0114 2 789 789 6  GLASGOW Oran Mor  www.seetickets.com/event/the-young-uns/oran-mor/1086128 7  SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/the-young-uns/ 01743… Read more »

Reviews / Paul Brady – Unfinished Business

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Once Paul Brady made albums that hit you smack between the eyes, Hard Station was the kind of record which thrilled you from the off, one listen you were hooked and couldn’t wait to hear it again. The songs were about life, love and experience, tracks were five minutes plus. When the man had something to say… Read more »

Reviews / Clarion – Pagoda Project

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This album has been bobbing around for a couple of years and was thrust into my hand recently. The Pagoda Project is Paul Hutchinson, from Balshazzars Feast, and Karen Wimhurst, from, well, just about anything from the ENO to climate change circus shows (I kid you not). Now I generally get twitchy and start eyeing… Read more »

Reviews / Pretty Peggy – Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys

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Hanging out at various folk festivals over the last year or two, I’ve noticed that there’s been a noticeable group of young revellers who seem to spend as much time watching and listening out front as they do performing on stage. From my occasional observation point in the bar, this might have been just a… Read more »

Reviews / FolkEast 2017: A tale of fish, chips, onion ‘road kill’ and Pop Up Pirates

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From the above headline, you’re probably wondering whether FolkEast involves any music at all. However, the admiring comments from musicians before, during and after the event support the view that FolkEast is muscling its way through the crowds to become one of the most enjoyable folk music festivals of the summer. Arriving onto the grounds… Read more »

Reviews / Decade: The Best of 2007-2017 – Lau

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While the organisers of pop and rock festivals bemoan the lack of headliners in a world where musical careers seem shorter than ever, it’s great to find one of the UK’s finest folk acts celebrating ten years under the spotlights. So, here, Lau arrive with 12 tracks on their ‘Decade: The Best of 2007-2017’ in… Read more »

Reviews / Cropredy 2017. Friends and Fairport at Fifty!

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Simon Jones spent a weekend in a quiet corner of north Oxfordshire.  It’s mid-afternoon Thursday, Cropredy hasn’t begun yet, as I wait in queue for a drink, two women are in heated debate about who has the more vitriolic arguments with their respective husbands “ well, there was the time he said…” “ that’s nothing,… Read more »