UK Folk

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I barely scratched the surface of UK folk music and while I’d like to blame it on Brexit, my failure had more to do with my butterfly-like mind. I’d start every year coming up with a diverse, balanced review plan and by January 15 I’d already blown it.

I am pissed about Brexit, though, and for good reason. Once I was safe and sound inside the EU and far, far away from those violent Americans with their monstrous caches of assault weapons, I seriously considered a job offer that would have meant relocating to London. I decided to pass on that particular opportunity but the thought of someday moving to Britain remained very appealing to me.

Well, that’s one more dream I can flush down the toilet of anti-immigrant politics.

While it may be obvious from looking at the site’s menu that I’m rather fond of British rock, I dearly love British folk music as well. This may sound odd coming from a woman who is half-Irish, but I’ve always felt a stronger emotional connection to British folk than Irish folk (or American folk, for that matter). I really wanted to do more British folk but alas, ’twas not to be

Below you’ll find links to the albums I did review. You may ask, “Where’s Nick Drake?” And I would reply, “I don’t consider Nick Drake a folksinger.” Nick Drake deserves his own category; for now, you can find my Nick Drake reviews listed in the Favorite Classics menu on the right side of the page.

p. s. You can find my reviews of Richard and Linda Thompson under RT’s menu button at the top of the page.

p. s. s. Many Baby Boomers have expressed outrage concerning my reviews of Donovan. My response to their outrage is (yawn).

Donovan – Fairytale

Donovan – Sunshine Superman

Fairport Convention – Liege and Lief

June Tabor – Airs and Graces

June Tabor – Against the Streams

June Tabor – Angel Tiger

Maddy Prior and June Tabor – Silly Sisters

Sandy Denny – Sandy

Steeleye Span – Below the Salt

Steeleye Span – Parcel of Rogues 

4 responses

  1. While Liege and Lief is my favourite British folk album, tis a pity you didn’t do Bert Jansch. Below The Salt was my introduction to the genre, however. These days I listen to a lot of folk, particularly newer artists like Joan Shelley, Amelia Curran and Basia Bulat

    1. I barely scratched the surface. Maybe someday . . .

  2. Very much wished you could have gotten to The Bothy Band (trad Irish, but played with the ferocity of a rock ‘n ‘ band, especially their first album), The Pentangle, and Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance (they only released three albums, but they mixed folk, rock ‘n ‘ roll, music hall – and Ronnie’s voice became a unique instrument in its own right during his last year with The Faces).

    But instead of writing new reviews, you’re having more sex now; well at least I assume…

    1. Those and a dozen or so others were on my list but I do feel that moving on was the right thing to do right now. What will really free more time and energy for sex is the end of the pandemic and the demise of the Delta variant—we haven’t had a threesome in 18 months!

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