Jon Boden compiles The Ultimate Guide To English Folk, a lavish two-disc primer designed to appeal to experienced folkies and newbies alike. It is not the first such collection, but it is probably the most wide-ranging, lovingly compiled and inventively sequenced. One of the most important messages to take from this compilation is that while folk music in England is something of an extended family, it is by no means a closed shop. It is the openness to interpretation of these songs that makes the English tradition one of the richest in the world.
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We have a stunning song premiere today from Fay Hield with Green Gravel taken from her forthcoming album, Old Adam, and her new digital single released to coincide with three special live shows this month!
Fay Hield brought her band The Hurricane Party to The Met for the final date of a short but eventful tour promoting not only her 2012 second album Orfeo, but also in a celebration of traditional English music .