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  • Who knows where the time goes?

    A suitable birthday tribute then was made for my mum’s 55th birthday. A child of the 60s and avid fan of English folk my mum has followed the Fairport Convention since their conception in 1967. 16th May 2015 saw my mother’s live reunion with Fairport Conventions, along with her my sister experienced her first experience of live folk music. Cropredy Festival 1996 was my first formal introduction and since then I too have become a firm appreciator of folk. Fond memories are often had of the tents, fields and fair folk who may be found among the merrymaking that is Cropredy.

    I hope to feature more folk and folk rock music as time goes on. Some notable folk bands and artists I enjoy are:

    Karine Polwart

    Diabolus – Witch & Warlock

    Dibjack – northamptonshire folk

    Early Fleetwood Mac (1967 – 1970)

    Joni Mitchell

    Clannad

    King Crimson (early)

     


  • Karine Polwart

    Karine Polwart – This Earthly Spell

    This Scottish philosopher come talented folk artist first caught my attention back in March 2008, she was featured on the now sadly discontinued HMV Choice magazine (March 08 issue).

    Having earned a Masters in Philosophical Enquiry at Glasgow Karine Polwart’s writing certainly covers many of life’s great topics, with a beautiful poetic intelligence her lyrics often delve into worldly arguments and dark matters, ranging from the physical, the emotional, questions of the heart and those of the metaphysical.

    Karine has been around since the late 90s Folk boom, with a background in music she first followed an academic path in philosophy, with her first solo album release Faultlines in 2003. My first album purchase was of This Earthly Spell – Karine’s follow up album to Scribbled In Chalk. The album is a beautifully delicate mixture of traditional songs featuring a simple collaboration of only 2 to 3 musicians, keeping the sound folky and crisp. Her elegant vocals, those expressive Scottish inflections and her country jazz flavours produce wonderfully elegant songs that carry the thought provoking lyrics straight to the soul.

    What is unique to Karine’s song writing is her method of combining dark, often depressing themes, with an angelic uplifting voice, she constantly weaves opposites together in her material. Her writing plays with contradiction to produce beautifully lyrical metaphor and oxymoron.   The end result is a humbling journey of hope and morality in the face of conflict and trail. After her academic studies she became a philosophy tutor, and in a way her lessons continue today through her music.

    Useful Related Links:

    Karine Polwart – This Earthly Spell

    Malinky – Scotlands Finest Folksong Group (Karine Polwart joined the group as lead singer between 1998 and 2005)


  • Rachel Sermanni

    Rachel Sermanni – Under Mountains

    During my exploration on Half Moon Run I decided to check out their video Full Circle – played live for the Mahogany Sessions.  Within the suggested videos section was an interesting titled song – Marshmallow Unicorn played by Rachel Sermanni  – somebody I had not, at the time, encountered.

    Rachel Sermanni

    I was instantly captivated with her velvety vocals and her intricately layered emotional inflections, the video itself sees her sitting on a busy street (images of Brighton Lanes came to mind), delivering a beautiful poetic piece accompanied with soft acoustic guitar. Her delivery is dreamy, almost introspective, her vocal delicacy is beautiful, with haunting romantic whispering and heart felt rhythm.  – It terms of genre she falls within the folk fairy-tale flavour, a space well known to the likes of Emiliana Torrini and Karine Polwart.

    Useful Related Links:

    * Rachel Sermanni home (good place for tour and venue dates – she is a busy busy lass)

    * Folk Radio UK review (featuring some free track samples)

    * YouTube home of the Mahogany Sessions

     


  • Emily Maguire – Keep Walking

    I am not entirely sure how I discovered this artist, but I remember reading about her, there was a lovely story about her – living in a small wooden hut somewhere in the outback of Australia just in tranquillity writing songs and being at peace. It took me a long time to acquire this album and I have been unable to get her other albums (having only 2 or three), I found it hard to find her works in typical mass-music shops such as HMV and landed up purchasing through Amazon. It’s a melodic mixture of folky warmth, beautiful acoustics, and haunting emotive vocals.
    Other titles include:

    Emily Maguire – Keep Walking 2007 (featured)

    Emily Maguire – Stranger Place 2008

    Emily Maguire – Bird Inside A Cage 2013

     

    Related Posts:

    Emiliana Torrini – – Rachel Sermanni – – Karine Polwart