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Various Artists: The Ultimate Guide to English Folk

Track List

>Worcester City - Eliza Carthy
>Come Write Me Down, Ye Powers Above - The Copper Family
>Early One Morning - Jim Moray
>Weaver and the Factory Maid, The - Steeleye Span
>Plains of Mexico, The - The Watersons
>Dance to Your Daddy/The Flaming Drones - James Fagan/Nancy Kerr/James Fagen
>May Reel No.1/Bacca Pipes Jig - Dr. Faustus/Dr Faustus
>Scarborough Fair - Martin Carthy
>Bold Riley - Oysterband
>My Bonny Boy - Anne Briggs
>Waterman's Hornpipe - Brass Monkey
>Bramble Briar, The - Martin Simpson
>Prickle-Eye Bush - Jon Boden/John Spiers
>Old Miner, The - Silly Sisters
>Canadee-I-O - Nic Jones
>Northern Lass/The Kings' Barrows - Leveret
>Green Gravel - Fay Hield & the Hurricane Party
>Rigs of the Time - Bellowhead
>Light Dragoon, The - Waterson:Carthy
>Stand by Your Guns - The Full English
>Recruited Collier, The - Kate Rusby/Kathryn Roberts
>New Road to Alston & Lottie's Hornpipe, The - Blowzabella
>Bonny Bunch of Roses - Sam Lee & Friends
>Ramble Away - Roger Wilson
>Trimdon Grange Explosion - The Unthanks
>Speed the Plough - John Kirkpatrick
>Cuckoo, The - James Findlay
>Lavenders Blue - Jackie Oates
>Barbaree - Peter Bellamy
>Heather Down the Moor - June Tabor/Martin Simpson
>Harry's Hornpipe - Demon Barbers
>While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping - Chris Wood/Andy Cutting
>Blue Cockade, The - Show of Hands
>May Song - Magpie Lane
>Murder of Maria Marten - Joseph Taylor

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

This double disc compilation album presents the best of English folk, where artists such as Eliza Carthy, The Demon Barbers, Bellowhead and Kate Rusby amongst others have revived traditional English folklore penned over a century ago, bringing it back to the forefront of the folk scene. The fourth in the series of ARC Music's exclusive Ultimate Guide albums, this is an exciting and superb collection of 35 songs that steeps the listener in history from all corners of England. "There cannot be many examples in history of an obsolete art form reaching the verge of extinction only to rise phoenix-like from the ashes and come to dominate popular culture, yet such is the story of English folk... " (Jon Boden)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Jon Boden.

Editor: Tony Rees.


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