Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dick Gaughan - A Different Kind of Love Song (Scotland 1983) @320


After the surprising success of 'Handful of Earth', I was faced with a problem in terms of making a new recording. I had no intention of making 'HoE' Mark 2. I new I couldn't and that, at that stage in my musical development, 'HoE' was the best I could hope to achieve in adding something worthwhile to the reinterpretation of traditional Scots song in an acoustic setting. If I tried to do it again, I would be in danger of becoming formulaic and mechanistic and I have always held a deep suspicion towards "style" for its own sake.
Also, as I said in what I wrote about 'Handful of Earth', "It was quite clearly time to stop reporting and start participating." This album was my putting that into action.


01 - A Different Kind Of Love Song
02 - Revolution
03 - Prisoner 562 - Song Of Choice
04 - The Father's Song
05 - Think Again
06 - As I Walked On The Road
07 - Stand Up For Judas
08 - By The People
09 - Games People Play
10 - Lassie Lie Near Me
11 - Your Daughter And Your Sons
12 - The Floo'ers Of The Forest


Dick Gaughan: Vocal, Guitars
Judy Sweeney: Vocal
Bob Lenox: Keyboards
Dave Pegg: Bass
Allan Tall: Saxophone
Willie Lindfors: Drums, Percussion
Dave Tulloch: Drums on "Revolution"


Dick Gaughan - Redwood Cathedral (Scotland 1998) @320


Gaughan's weathered brogue is enough to make a song memorable. But he also has a knack for gathering fine songs, both originals and covers, that fit beautifully into his style. On this set, Gaughan opens with an understated but powerful "Muir and the Master Builder" by Brian McNeill and even plies his magic with Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho and Lefty." As he wends his way through a sublime take on Pete Seeger's "Turn, Turn, Turn," it becomes clear that Gaughan has a gift for phrasing that puts the listener at ease.
-Tim Sheridan- Allmusic


01 - Muir and the Master Builder
02 - Gone Gonna Rise Again
03 - Reconcilation
04 - Why Old Men Cry
05 - Thomas Muir of Huntershill
06 - October Song
07 - Ewan and the Gold
08 - Let It Be Me
09 - All The King's Horses
10 - Pancho & Lefty
11 - Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)
12 - Fine Horseman


Dick GAUGHAN: Voice, Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Rab HANDLEIGH: Piano, Keyboards
Davie PATON: Bass
Steve GREEN: Drums


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Various Artists - Scarborough Fair: The Best Of English Folk (UK 2006) @320


Three-disc, 64-track collection. The folk revival that took place at club level during the Sixties introduced a whole new audience to traditional folksong, while also bringing to the fore the concept of the earnest young singer/songwriter. When, by the end of the decade, centuries-old songs were being given a sonic makeover by the new breed of electric folkies (headed by the likes of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, both of whom are represented on this collection), folk music had long since escaped out of the clubs and into the charts. This companion piece to similar 3CD sets concentrating on the Irish and Scottish folk scenes focuses on the astonishing depth of talent emanating from the English folk scene during this most tumultuous of decades. Every facet of the English folk genre is encompassed, ranging from club singers and trad folksong revivalists like Isla Cameron and Shirley Collins, the post-Dylan singer/songwriter (Donovan, Ralph McTell), folk-based fusion act Pentangle, and even such turn-of-the-decade acid folk iconoclasts as Synathesia and the mighty Comus.

CD1:
01 - Join Us In Our Game - Mr. Fox
02 - Let No Man Steal Your Thyme - Isla Cameron
03 - I was a Young Man - Martin Carthy
04 - A Maiden Came From London Town - Dave & Toni Arthur
05 - Nottamun Town - Bert Jansch
06 - The Trees They Do Grow High - John Renbourn
07 - Sunny Goodge Street - Donovan
08 - Farewell (Fare Thee Well) - Lonnie Donegan
09 - England 1914 - Ralph Mc Tell
10 - Wrecked Again - Michael Chapman
11 - Pretty Polly - Sandy Denny
12 - She Moved Through The Fair - Jean Hart
13 - Rubber Band - Lal & Mike Waterson
14 - Banquet On The Water - Sallyangie
15 - Yellow Roses - Heron
16 - Gabilan - Duncan Browne
17 - Evensong - Keith Christmas
18 - Winter Is A Coloured Bird - Comus
19 - Poor Murdered Woman - Shirley Collins & The Albion Band
20 - Grey Daylight - The Hawk - Ten Pound Fiddle - Dave Swarbrick
21 - Dalesman's Litany - Tim Hart & Maddy Prior
22 - England - Dave Cartwright

CD2:
01 - A Maid That's Deep In Love - Pentangle
02 - John Barleycorn - Young Tradition
03 - Tramp - Al Jones
04 - Mr Homburg Hat - Harvey Andrews
05 - Morning Brings The Light - John James
06 - Velvet To Atone - Trader Horne
07 - The Mouse and The Crow - Carolanne Pegg
08 - Do I Know You - Mike Cooper
09 - We Can Swing Together - Alan Hull
10 - The Sailor - Robin Scott
11 - Beet Routes - Cliff Aungier
12 - Three Waltzes - Sawdust Band
13 - The One Armed Boatman and The Giant Squid - Andy Roberts
14 - Dulwich Song - Bob Bunting
15 - Geordie - Dave Sless
16 - Time For Love - Marc Brierley
17 - Rambling Sailor - Albion Band
18 - Ballad of Dickie Lubber - Dransfields
19 - Beauty of The World - Prelude
20 - Yorkshire Lass - Bernard Wrigley
21 - Dear River Thames - Richard Digance
22 - Sir Patrick Spens - Fairport Convention

CD3:
01 - The Blacksmith - Steeleye Span
02 - Mistress Helath-Lumps Of Plum Pudding-Sherbourne Jig-Spaniards City - The Etchingham Steam Band
03 - A Shepherd Of The Downs - Royston & Heather Wood
04 - An Everyday Consumption Song - Spirogyra
05 - Oh Did I Love A Dream - The Incredible String Band
06 - Sarah Crazy Child - Tyrannosaurus Rex
07 - Parade - Decameron
08 - City Life - Steve Tilson
09 - Buttermilk Hill - The Black Country Three
10 - Liverpool Lullaby - Ian Campbell Folk Group
11 - Scarborough Fair - The Spinners
12 - Song For A Dead Mole - Lea Nicholson & Stan Ellison
13 - Kirkstall Forge - Bob Pegg & Nick Strutt
14 - Laugh That Came Too Soon - Storyteller
15 - The Unquiet Grave - Gryphon
16 - Won't You Stay Awhile Suzanne - Gordon Giltrap
17 - Lovely Joan-The Nightingale - Andrew Cronshaw
18 - Cornwall The Land I Love - Brenda Wooton
19 - Lady Eleanor (Live) - Lindisfarne
20 - Just As The Curtains Finally Falls - Synanthesia

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