UK Folk

Keith Edkins / John Barleycorn – sign via Wikimedia Commons

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). The Brits have better stories and tell them well. The melodies and rhythms are also far more interesting.

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 

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