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Started by fenderstrat on Nov 26, 2018 6:55:23 PM
The Furrow Collective

UK folk. Very good indeed and very innovative. For my money, the best I've heard forever.

Latest album downlaoded today and loving it.

fenderstrat - 26 Nov 2018 19:16:15 (#1 of 11)

carterbrandon - 26 Nov 2018 22:01:45 (#2 of 11)

And stepping back in time.....

The Early Music way:

The source material:

fenderstrat - 26 Nov 2018 22:09:55 (#3 of 11)

Cheers, Carter.

I missed them this tour but will try to catch them in Liverpool next spring.

There’s just something that touches me in their work that I haven’t felt since the 60s - in traditional music, anyway. I can even forgive Alastair’s singing: the sincerity and plain authenticity makes it work. And I love the sinister, dark side. It’s what the dark country artists like the Handsome Family would really like to be.

carterbrandon - 26 Nov 2018 22:56:32 (#4 of 11)

Oh yes, his singing puts me right off. Ewen McLennan's another one. I've never liked it when really good guitarists almost pointedly sing like shit. If you've got to the virtuoso stage, take a few hours off from practice you don't need and use the time to sing a bit (I'm looking at you, MumblyJansch), dammit.

Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, Dick Gaughan, Martin Simpson. Their singing never held their playing back.


You'll have heard Emily's Stick Stock, I hope?

carterbrandon - 26 Nov 2018 23:04:27 (#5 of 11)

I say 'the source material', but Cecilia Costello rather than the Coppers was probably it. She was a gypsy in our city. Also provided the world with 'The Grey Cock' which is proper spooky. Chris Foster has sung it for decades, but it's only a matter of time till These New Young People have a go.

fenderstrat - 27 Nov 2018 06:40:21 (#6 of 11)

Emily's Stick Stock

I hadn't heard that, no. Dark. Fine music.

fenderstrat - 27 Nov 2018 07:14:34 (#7 of 11)

In fact, I hadn't lstened to her solo work at all and din't realise she wrote so well. Cheers, Carter.

carterbrandon - 27 Nov 2018 12:56:08 (#8 of 11)

I heard Mike Harding say his little grandson walked in on SS, and said "I like her; she's scary!"

The thing about that one is, a few years ago The Saturday Guardian came with little supplement booklets a bit like the old Jackdaw sleeves with historical things like famous speeches or contemporary reviews of classics. There's no way for me to check but I could swear the folk tale one had the story of SS in it, and that would be a really interesting twist on how the oral tradition works, if Emily got her inspiration for the song by reading it.

fenderstrat - 01 Dec 2018 10:46:55 (#9 of 11)

It would - conscious or unconscious.

Good insight into instrumentalists not working on voice - I'm absolutely guilty of that. I don't know why, but I'm reluctant to try a voice coach. But that might actually signify the problem I have with singing.

carterbrandon - 01 Dec 2018 12:24:04 (#10 of 11)

If you're in Brum, MsB has used several local singing teachers. Plus one in Worcester who also teaches singing via Skype or Zoom or somesuch.

fenderstrat - 03 Jan 2019 11:31:46 (#11 of 11)

I'm going to see these guys at the Phil in April! Yes.

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