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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Beginner's Guide to Folk Music


Mrs CC came back from her recent St Andrew's trip with a number of CD's including a 3CD collection - The Beginner's Guide to Folk Music
It is on the Nascante label and is part of a series - I also have The Beginner's Guide to American Roots.
The 3 CDs have different themes in the case of the Folk collection there is an English Folk CD, a Celtic folk CD and an American Folk CD.
So it is only fair that we select one song from each of these three genres and we shall do so in the same order as the CDs
The English section includes the Waterstons, Kate Rusby, Richard Thomson, Billy Bragg, Eliza Carthy and Ewan MacColl (who I thought was Scottish but was born in Salford) - so you are getting Fairport Convention
The Celtic CD is a combination of Irish - the likes of Sinead O'Connor, Sharon Shannon, Clannad and Scottish - John Martyn, Capercaillie and the mighty Dick Gaughan who features here
The American contingent includes Pete Seeger, Odetta ,Lead Belly, Doc Watson and the one and only Woody Guthrie singing what many people feel should be the American national anthem.
You should already be familiar with many of the artists and tracks and probably have a few of them in your collection.
If not, it is a good place to start.

Fairport Convention - Tam Lin

Dick Gaughan - Thomas Muir of Huntershill

Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land

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