Folk Show EP 13 Playlist
Although not originally intended I ended up featuring a fair few releases from Transatlantic – go digging if you haven’t already.
Daniel Gadd – Siri Linn
Daniel Gadd opens this week’s show, a name that’s sure to rise in stature following the release of his debut album ‘As if in a Dream I Drifted at Sea’ on 10 November via Cargo. Siri Linn is the lead single released on 20 October.
It was by chance the label heard him performing one night in London to a spellbound crowd. “It turned out that Daniel Gadd had somehow got to London via Spain, and he had been in London for a year. He’d trained at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. He composes and scores for film, and also works as a film composer’s assistant, during the daytime.”
Cargo’s release of this album is sure to reach a wider audience – one he deserves.
Pentangle – The Trees They Do Grow High (Alternate Version)
This is one of two tracks in this weeks show taken from the new Pentangle boxset release on Cherry Red Records – The Albums. This track is taken from Sweet Child and is one of several bonus tracks included (there are many of the boxset for each release). This was an outtake from the LP sessions in August 1968 and was first released on the 2001 Castle 2CD edition.
Cara Dillon – Blackwater Side
Yes, in case you missed it, Cara Dillon has released a new album called Wanderer which you can read about here and buy here.
Steph Cameron – Winterwood
Winterwood is a song from Steph Cameron’s second album, Daybreak Over Jackson Street, set for release on At The Helm Records on November 10. It is the first to see a formal release outside of her native Canada which I hope will bring her a wider European audience. We’ll have more on this release soon.
Willie Dunn – I Pity The Country
An old favourite from one of my favourite 2015 albums – Native North America – Vol.1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985 (Light in the Attic). As I mentioned before: It’s Willie Dunn that opens the album with I Pity the Country. Comparisons to Tim Hardin easily spring to mind but it’s the intense emotion and real sorrow that underpin the subject of the song that makes it so memorable, namely hatred, racism and a deep misunderstanding of the North American Aboriginal community.
May Erlewine – Grateful
From Mother Lion, UK self-release – November 1st. May Erlewine, now one of the Midwest’s most beloved songwriters, embarked on her career as a teenager, hitchhiking all across North America playing in small and large towns, riding freight trains and busking on the streets. In those travels, she came to know the land and understand the pulse of the people, and her songs show a very real connection and concern with everyday folk as you can hear on this track. We’ll have more on this soon.
Nathaniel Rateliff – Boil And Fight
From Rateliff‘s In Memory of Loss, an album that still resonates with me. I was given the album by the good folk who ran Open House Festival in Belfast back in 2010 when I was invited up there to attend one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to (was more like a non-stop party). OK – it was helped by the fantastic lineup and the aftershow jamming plus an amazing opportunity to DJ at the concert for Old Crow Medicine Show and Dave Rawlings (who we recently interviewed) and Gillian Welch. How could I forget such a memory!
Gerry Rafferty – Don’t Count Me Out
One of two tracks from the new 3CD Boxset Transatlantic – Let The Electric Children Play: The Underground Story of Transatlantic Records – 1968-1976. This is from the album Can I Have My Money Back (1971). It’s a nice boxset which comes with a booklet and also features the likes of Pentangle, Alan Hill (see below), Unicorn, Carolanne Pegg and more.
Alan Hull – Obadiah’s Grave
From the new 3CD Boxset Transatlantic – Let The Electric Children Play: The Underground Story of Transatlantic Records – 1968-1976 (See above). This was the B-side of a single released in 1969.
The Woods Band – Dreams
From their self-titled 1975 album, the band features Terry and Gay Woods who also featured on Steeleye Span‘s debut album Hark! The Village. As I’ve said before, it’s a brilliant folk-rock album that I still find myself drawn back to time and again. If you want more than check out Episode 8 of our Folk Show here.
Bob Dylan – Meet Me in the Morning
From Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, Dylan’s fifteenth studio album released in 1975. Although it got a mixed reception on release it has since been regarded as one of his best and something of a benchmark for the albums that followed.
Pentangle – When I Get Home
Another track from the new Pentangle boxset release on Cherry Red Records – The Albums. From Reflection, recorded in March 1971 at Command Studios and Olympic Studios, London, produced by Bill Leader and released in October 1971 on Transatlantic.
Nick Drake – Black Eyed Dog
From Made to Love Magic released in 2004 by Island, this was a remix of Black Eyed Dog (originally recorded in 1974) which also appeared on Time of No Reply, released in the mid-80s
Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy – Tyrannic Man’s Dominion
From Karine’s new album ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ to be released via Hudson Records on November 17, 2017. Written in collaboration with the Scottish sound designer Pippa Murphy, ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ is the musical accompaniment to Polwart’s critically acclaimed theatrical debut (“Poignant, unflinching and beautiful” ***** – The Telegraph). Read more here (more soon).
Sweeney’s Men – Go By Brooks
Sweeney’s Men (founded in 1967) are supposedly entitled to a couple of firsts – The first Irish Folk Rock group and the first to use the bouzouki in Irish music, courtesy of Johnny Moynihan who also sang and played the tin whistle. He was joined by Terry Woods (concertina, mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Andy Irvine (vocals, mandolin, guitar, harmonica). This mellow track featured on Tracks of Sweeney (1969 on Tranatlantic).