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Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness

Spleen Cringe 07 Feb 09 - 02:02 PM
Lizzie Cornish 1 07 Feb 09 - 02:11 PM
Spleen Cringe 07 Feb 09 - 02:25 PM
Rifleman (inactive) 07 Feb 09 - 02:30 PM
Kampervan 07 Feb 09 - 02:46 PM
Ruth Archer 07 Feb 09 - 02:47 PM
Willa 07 Feb 09 - 03:11 PM
Richard Bridge 07 Feb 09 - 03:28 PM
Spleen Cringe 07 Feb 09 - 03:38 PM
Jack Blandiver 07 Feb 09 - 03:51 PM
Kampervan 07 Feb 09 - 04:02 PM
Lizzie Cornish 1 07 Feb 09 - 05:23 PM
VirginiaTam 07 Feb 09 - 05:33 PM
Ruth Archer 07 Feb 09 - 05:56 PM
*Laura* 07 Feb 09 - 06:14 PM
VirginiaTam 07 Feb 09 - 06:16 PM
GUEST,lox 07 Feb 09 - 06:19 PM
TheSnail 08 Feb 09 - 06:54 AM
Spleen Cringe 08 Feb 09 - 06:58 AM
Lizzie Cornish 1 08 Feb 09 - 07:14 AM
Folkiedave 08 Feb 09 - 07:43 AM
Lizzie Cornish 1 08 Feb 09 - 07:53 AM
VirginiaTam 08 Feb 09 - 07:58 AM
Banjiman 08 Feb 09 - 08:01 AM
SylviaN 08 Feb 09 - 12:20 PM
McGrath of Harlow 08 Feb 09 - 01:57 PM
High Hopes (inactive) 08 Feb 09 - 03:07 PM
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Subject: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 02:02 PM

Askew Sisters - Bellowhead - Jim Moray - The Owl Service - Bella Hardy - Rubus - Jim Causley - Grinders Misfortune Society - Jackie Oates - Nancy Wallace - Pumajaw - Speirs and Boden - Chris Wood - Martin Simpson - Lauren McCormick - Jenny McCormick - Jon Loomes - Matt Milton - Mary Hampton - Crazy Man Michael - Venerium Arvum - Alasdair Roberts - The Accidental...

And that's just for starters - off the top of my head - in two minutes. I'm sure you can all add plenty more.

Folk rockers... trad singers... nu-folkers ... songwriters.

Some of them on the folk club scene, some playing art centres, some organising their own gigs, some out in the big bad world... some doing all or more.

A healthy number of sessions and singarounds. Hell, even a load of thriving folk clubs. A buzzing festival scene. Ceilidhs by the bucketful. Some fantastic albums. EFDSS on the up and up.

Sometimes all you seem to get from the UK folkies who come here is pissing and moaning about how rubbish things are and how its not like it was in my day and its all a stitch up and yaa yaa yaa... here we go again.

I'm starting this thread in order to beg - vehemently - to disagree.

Things are bloody marvellous.

I love the soundtrack to my life and its getting better all the time.

Glass half full? You bet. And its a great big glass.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 02:11 PM

.....and.....

Show of Hands!

Seth Lakeman! (and his band)

Cara Dillon!

Bruce Murdoch!

The Oyaterband!

Ron Bankley!

The Duncan McFarlane Band!

The Demon Barbers and their Road Show!

JT Oglesby!

Reg Meuross!

Eddie Reid!

Kate Rusby!

Noah Zacharin!

Gus MacGregor!

Noa Bursie!


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 02:25 PM

Yes, Lizzie. Even Show of Hands... ;-)


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Rifleman (inactive)
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 02:30 PM

Much of Show of Hands'pieces have always struck me as being quite depressing


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Kampervan
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 02:46 PM

Michael Marra
Rosie Stewart
The Wilsons
Roy Bailey and Tony Benn
Stan Rogers
The Carter Family
...
Where fo you start, where do you stop?

But I agree with title of thread, let's just rejoice at the vast array of talent that caters for everyone. If you don't like them then just leave them to be enjoyed by those who do.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 02:47 PM

And Silent Disco.

And DJeilidh.


Tellinya, it's all go round 'ere.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Willa
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 03:11 PM

The Hut People, Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, Kate Bramley, Craig, Morgan, Robson, Hissyfit, George Papavgeris, Mary Humphries and Anahata...oh, too many to mention!


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 03:28 PM

Can I opt for Spleen Cringe's list (particularly the hugely underrated Jon Loomes - great great guitarist, better than good on a range of other instruments, intelligible singer who delivers the sense and fire of a song, splendid deliverer in a harmony pissup (I'd just so like to have him and Tom Lewis and Tony and Leslie Petty and Mike Nicholson and Peter Collins oh, and the Pettoes in naughty boy's corner at Miskin if it still happened just for the craic) - and can probably drink the rest of us under the table?

Not so sure about the "happiness" bit - English folk music is the story of a thousand years of opression, exploitation, rape, incest murder and betrayal, much like what ever UK government since let's see - about the 50s - ever since Anthony Eden was betrayed to Nasser by the yanks - has done to us.

Some of the current music is great (love Jackie Oates material for example) but may we be allowed to enjoy being miserable please?   

Oh, Lizzie, if you see Reg Meuross socially (that's not a snide, I don't know if you do or don't but he is from around there somewhere), let him know that the Hagstrom J-45 I bought off him (ebay) may be going to Kris Dollimore (at least on trial again) - and he will appreciate its remarkable sound. Google Kris if you want to know more about him.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 03:38 PM

The great tradition of misery in folk song is just one more reason to be cheerful, Richard! So yes, enjoy it... I do.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 03:51 PM

I posted this on its own thread but it's dropped off now. Maybe it'll be more appreciated here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-BZfFakpzc


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Kampervan
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 04:02 PM

Always look for the sliver lining!!

Great link.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 05:23 PM

I've passed the message on to Reg for you, Richard....and nope, I don't see him 'socially' but I know where he lives on Myspace. :0)



"Yes, Lizzie. Even Show of Hands... ;-)"

But of course, SC, for after all, you can't *have* an 'Outbreak of Happiness' without them. ;0)


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 05:33 PM

Odetta

I am a bit obsessed right now.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 05:56 PM

did you watch the programme on BBC4 last night, Tam? Great stuff.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: *Laura*
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 06:14 PM

Lau!!!!

Best feel-good music I've heard in a LONG time!


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 06:16 PM

Woot!

I recorded it and the transatlantic session the half hour before.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: GUEST,lox
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 06:19 PM

And in case you don't know, I have been informed that Denny and Chris of last nights fun will be on tour again together soon.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: TheSnail
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 06:54 AM

Richard Bridge

No it isn't, Richard. It's about the survival of the human spirit through a thousand years of opression, exploitation, rape, incest....

That's what we celebrate.

Well said Mr Cringe. I hearby withdraw my threat to expose your identity to the Mudcaster folk mafia.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 06:58 AM

It's okay Snail... they know my real name is Genre Pencils.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 07:14 AM

And...Tom Bliss, of course. :0)

He's one of our best storytellers and he writes/performs songs that are so touching. He's here with his 'duo' partner, Tom Napper (these guys are seriously brilliant musicians!)

Napper and Bliss - 'God Speed' (The Snowgoose) Youtube

And a great way to start a Sunday morning..the performance and the story behind Tom's beautiful...

'Boat to Burhou'

:0)


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Folkiedave
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 07:43 AM

I had a mass outbreak of happiness last night at the Royal Hotel Dungworth, with a whole rake of people.

Fantastic night and just the antidote to Sheffield United losing at home to Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the day for the first time since 1967 and the Wendies doing the double over United for the first time since 1913.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 07:53 AM

I'm having one right now....with The Oyaterband, as I called them above. LOL

The OYSTERBAND - 'When I'm Up'

Real WhoooohoooooHOO music! :0)


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 07:58 AM

Listening to Salt of the Earth Tomorrow's Tide - right now - jolly jolly January Sails


Next up Ramskyte - Flickering Light


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Banjiman
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 08:01 AM

"Well said Mr Cringe. I hearby withdraw my threat to expose your identity to the Mudcaster folk mafia."

Hey snail.... nice one, maybe we can bury the hatchet then with all this joyfulness in the air!

I'd add: Sara Grey, Zoox, Sarah McQuaid, Edwina Hayes, One Stone.... and a few others to the great music list. They're all not half a mile from my house in 2 weeks time. Just need a few more friends to enjoy them (and some singing/ playing) with and life will be just about perfect!

Cheers

Paul


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: SylviaN
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 12:20 PM

You're going to say I'm biased, but add Keith Kendrick to the list - I know I'm not the only one who can sit and listen to him sing and play the concertina for hours.

Cheers

Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 01:57 PM

Agreed - there's more good music around in the folk scene, and more varied good music, than there ever has been in my lifetime. Much better than when there were more people interested in listening to it, ironically enough.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: High Hopes (inactive)
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 03:07 PM

Watch the performance of Cold Haily Rainy Night by The Imagined Village Band from their performance on Later...with Jools Holland (it's available on Youtube) and if you don't get up and dance along with Eliza Carthy...
It's sheer joy and magic to watch and join in!


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Subject: RE: Folk Music: Mass Outbreaks of Happiness
From: Folkiedave
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 03:31 PM

Real WhoooohoooooHOO music! :0)

I understand Ruth Archer has booked them for Sidmouth Folk Week.

That'll be good.


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