Favourite folk songs
The Sally Garden is a cracker, best heard at closing time, sung by a toothless elderly gent with a booming voice (me usually). Proper traditional English folk song.
Lots of stuff by The Boys of the Lough is just brilliant – too many to mention. Not very fashionable just now, but Planxty have come out with some diamonds too.
So much good contemporary American stuff floating about now too – I’m enjoying Josh T. Pearson’s Last of the Country Gentlemen and a few albums by The Carolina Chocolate Drops.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Zippy, a pretty much perfect song that, did you know that Sandy was fourteen when she wrote that?Posted 4 years ago
Probably my favourite ‘folk’ song, but there’s loads that come under ‘roots’, or Americana as well, Emmylou Harris’ Prayer In Open ‘D’ can just break my heart if I’m in the right frame of mind.
The Unthanks King Of Rome, is another one; I first heard it on RadMac’s show on 6Music, and it caught me at a vulnerable moment and had me in bits. Also Kate Rusby’s My Young Man, from Little Lights, another heart-breaker about a wife’s love for her husband, health broken from working the pits.
This could start a very long list… 😀
 My Young Man is about Kate’s Grandparents, so she sings from the heart:
It’s supposed to be funny. 🙂
The Battle of Sowerby Bridge were fought on the 44th o’ March,
The King’s Cross Fusiliers turned out, all marchin’ as stiff as starch.
They marched as far as Bolton Brow and the enemy hove in sight.
And they called us generals nasty names and challenged us to fight.SprocketJockeyMember
Never any good with money by Martin Simpson is also one of my current repeat plays. Really touching song.
You showed me eyebright in the hedgerow,
speedwell and travellers joy.
You showed me how to use my eyes
When I was just a boy;
And you taught me how to love a song
And all you knew of nature’s ways:
The greatest gifts I have ever known,
And I use them every day.wwaswasSubscriber
John Martyns early stuff is some of the best quitar based folk music I’ve heard.
and anyone who writes a song about a motorbike is ok with me, even name checks Box Hill.
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxKTzwaEa2o[/video]Posted 4 years ago
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