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Various Artists: Beginner's Guide to English Folk [2012] [Box]

Track List

>Yarmouth Town - Bellowhead
>Rubber Band - Blue Murder
>Love Will Tear Us Apart - June Tabor/Oysterband
>Barrack Street - Nic Jones
>Good Ale - The Copper Family
>Little Bigman - Eliza Carthy
>March of the Siamese Children, The - John Kirkpatrick
>John the Gun - Fotheringay
>Gypsy Maid - Tim van Eyken
>Ring the Bell, Watchman! - Maddy Prior
>God Bless the Child - Dorris Henderson/John Renbourn
>Alright Jack - Home Service
>Boar's Head Carol, The - The Young Tradition
>Ghost of Songs - Cecil Sharp Project
>Pace-Egging Song - The Watersons
>Never Any Good - Martin Simpson
>Keys of Canterbury, The - Show of Hands
>Three Black Feathers - Bella Hardy
>Maid of Australia, The - Peter Bellamy
>Wedding/Because He Was a Bonnie Lad, The - Kathryn Tickell
>George's Son - Mawkin Causley
>Sweet England - Shirley Collins
>Place Called England, A - June Tabor
>Four-Loom Weaver - Ian King
>Bold Sir Rylas - Spiers & Boden
>Harry Stone - John Tams
>I Wish They'd Do It Now - Scan Tester
>Some Old Salty - Lal Waterson/Oliver Knight
>My Son John - The Imagined Village
>Old 'Arris Mill, The - Fay Hield
>Jerusalem - Bob Davenport
>Danny Rose - Billy Bragg
>Won't You Buy My Sweet Blooming Lavender - Janet Penfold
>Brisk Young Widow, A - Brass Monkey
>Shape of a Girl, The - Dave Burland
>Rising - Tarras
>Hills of Greenmor - Anne Briggs
>Seven Long Years - Jim Moray
>Green Ginger - Alistair Anderson
>Daytrip, A - O'Hooley & Tidow
>Horkstow Grange - Steeleye Span
>Anarchy in the U.K. - Simon Ritchie

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Colin Irwin.

The Nascente label is very good at assembling carefully curated compilations of global music and selling them for very reasonable prices. This three-disc collection is no exception. Released with the English folk revival going great guns, this box represents three different generations quite well. Shirley Collins -- without Dolly -- is here, as are the Watersons, the first family of English folk. The baby-boom generation is well represented too, by Bob Davenport, Janet Penfold, Steeleye Span, June Tabor (with and without the Oyster Band -- their reading of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is a set highlight), Peter Bellamy, Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Fotheringay, Anne Briggs, and others. This is the first collection to showcase the late 20th and early 21st century revivalists with their forebears. The Waterson family lineage is extended with the inclusion of tracks by Eliza Carthy, the pairing of Lal Waterson with her son Oliver Knight, Billy Bragg, Blue Murder, Brass Monkey, Simon Ritchie (performing the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K." to close the set, no less), and many others. While this set is missing some major names -- Fairport Convention, the Albion Band, Pentangle, Richard & Linda Thompson, Davy Graham, Ralph McTell, John Martyn, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, etc. -- one suspects this had more to do with licensing nightmares than deliberate exclusion. This is a small complaint considering the wealth of music to be found here, presented in fine packaging with warm, full sound and authoritative historical liner notes. Recommended. ~ Thom Jurek


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