Nice! I listened to all of the tune samples on Allmusic Guide and now I'd like to have these in my stocking, if you please!
"Straws in the Wind" is really very sweet and has, as you say, 'enlightened arrangements' and a depth which only maturity can give an artist.
Thanks for letting us all know about this great new album, Chris!
[excited fumbling for Visa card]
I opened for these guys once back when they were touring America in the early 90s. They were great people, but the mix of their fans (cultured, intense) with my fans (rowdy, vulgar) was, in retrospect, not the best choice.
Ever since then there has been a promoter sticking pins into a little voodoo doll of me!
My wife and I are going to see Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy at York University tonight. Saw them at the Black Swan pub in York last year- lovely small venue, only seats 40, so really friendly. The main concert hall will be very different.
We're also lucky enough to be seeing Steeleye Span next week in Bradford-where we live. And Grace Notes at the Black Swan in January. (a really good 3 piece acappella group. All 3 ladies have beautiful voices. Then Joan Baez in March.
The folk scene in Yorkshire is great!
Chris--I am SO jealous!! Steeleye are one of my all time favs and I've only seen a few times. You are way too lucky. Hey Linda--let's move Folk Alley headquarters to England. What do ya say?
I've scraped and clawed for every Martin Carthy recording I could ever find, whether with the Watersons, Steeleye Span, Albion Dance Band, Swarbrick, or solo. He is truly the greatest. Once he came to Norfolk, VA, and I was horrified when only 17 people showed up to hear him. Straws in the Wind will be a welcome addition, and my first non-vinyl recording of Carthy!
Erm... there may be a little difference in property prices etc... Maybe somewhere up North - Yorkshire might be comparable!
Waterson & Carthy were great at York! 11 artists on stage, including the 3 piece "Devils Elbow", (who are playing in January in Yorkshire- but I'm busy that night).
Was an excellent concert, with the wide range of entertainment we expect. The mummers play was great!
And Steeleye were great in Bradford. Sound was poor, but St Georges Hall is known for its bad acoustics. Pity cos its a mile from home. Maddy Prior can still knock it out, and the rest of the band can too. The Fiddle (Peter Knight) is great.
Oh well, no more live folk now for two weeks. Still, the CDs are great....
saw steeleye in liverpools philharmonic (the hall--not the pub) and they retain the edge they always had---a great concert with some old and some new suff and some different interpretations- and yes! peter knight is a great musician.
Dave Swarbrick at the British Folk Awards
"I said to Martin back in 1963; 'If we do this for long enough, they'll give us an award.' "
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