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Your top ten folk albums

Emmie 10 Dec 99 - 04:27 PM
kendall 10 Dec 99 - 04:30 PM
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Subject: Your top ten folk albums
From: Emmie
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 04:27 PM

cALLING ALL ANORAKS. What are your top ten folk albums of the last millenium? I am going to think about mine now. I like the idea of hearing about other people's favourites because I can ask people to buy them for me for christmas if they sound good!!

Emmie


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: kendall
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 04:30 PM

Everything in the Folk Legacy catalog


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Emmie
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 04:34 PM

What is the folk legacy catalogue? Anyway, you are cheating, you're only supposed to pick ten!!

Emmie


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: MMario
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 04:39 PM

okay, any ten in the folk legacy catalog I don't own.


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Peter T.
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 04:45 PM

There was a thread here about two months ago (I can't remember the title) for the top hundred folk albums. You could try putting "hundred" or "100" in the search space, and see what happens -- unless someone can remember and blue clicky the reference.


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: kendall
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 04:56 PM

I'm not going to pick 10 from the Folk Legacy catalogue, as a member of that family, I'm not about to leave anyone out. Suffice to say, F.L. does not produce junk. Are you serious? you dont know about the Folk Legacy catalogue? click on www.folklegacy.com


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Mary
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 05:07 PM

one from the Ian Campbell folk group (forget the name), one with "Foolish You" by McGarrigle sisters, one with "Turning toward the morning" by Gordon Bok, Trio by ELH, DP and LR, DeDannan with Handsome Molly on it... (I am limited to really only knowing the English ones...I am sure there are great ones in Japanese or Hungarian etc...) ..a great one in French that has Louis Riell's last song on it, "In-Country" assembled by Lydia Fish, an old one by the Ober.... Children's Choir, White Christmas by Bing Crosby, anything by Anne Byrnne (or O'Byrnne?) of Ireland..

mg


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 05:32 PM

I vary a lot and wouldn't attempt to list 10 but the one I have come back to time and time again and played to death is Noel Hill's "The Irish Concertina".

Jon


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Emmie
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 05:44 PM

mmmmmm the folk legacy looks good, but I just go to virgin megastores folk section or beanos in Croydon. I think my top ten would be an album each by: Bothy Band Dick Gaughan Planxty Waterson Carthy June Tabor Fairport Convention (early) Alan Stivell Kate Rusby Davy Spillane (east wind) Solas

There you go. There are loads more but no list is the definitive one!! By the way, all Ian Cambell folk songs have to feature in my list of funny songs. I think they are really funny.

Emmie


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Little Dorrit
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 06:01 PM

1.Nic Jones Penguin Eggs (my alltime favorite) 2. Linda Thompson dreams fly away 3. Kate Rusby Sleepless 4. June Tabor amongst the streams 5. Steeleye Span Below the salt 6. Fairport convention Meet on the Ledge 7. Foothold Chris Sherbourne and Denny Bartley 8. Folk songs of old england tim hart and maddy prior 9. Bridge over troubled water Simon & Garfunkel 10. Last nights fun live at the wharf- Last Nights Fun

there are lots of american and canadian folk artists that I adore, but the above are in my collection and therefore tend to be my favourites


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 07:37 PM

Rum Sodomy and the Lash - The Pogues -
Fogarty's Cove - Stan Rogers
The Real Donovan - Donovan
Odetta - Odetta
Farewell, Angelina - Joan Baez
Tall Tails - Old Blind Dogs
Chemins de Terre - Alan Stivell
Below the Salt - Steeleye Span
Irish Heartbeat - Van Morrison and the Chieftains
A Maid that's Deep in Love - Pentangle
Folk Songs from Old Russia - Ivan Rebroff

Gee that was really hard to do and I still listed one too many and left others just as deserving off the list.
Best American Folk Song by an English Artist - Rock Island Line by Lonnie Donegan with Rory Gallagher on guitar. It smokes.


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 07:49 PM

Lonnie Donegan cranked the "folk song" up to a level that Steeleye Span and Alan Stivell never DREAMED of taking it.


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Mark Clark
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 07:59 PM

Hmm... I probably don't even know about all of the ten best folk albums but of the ones I know about I'd pick these--in no particular order:

Lead Belly's Last Sessions (I & II)
Dust Bowl Ballads (Woody Guthrie)
Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachains
Brownie's Blues (?) (10" McGhee album on Folkways) The Weavers at Carnegie Hall
Big Bill's Last Sessions
Elizabeth Cotton's first Folkways album
Old Time Music At Clarence Ashley's
Joan Baez' first album
Your favorite Pete Seeger album


These don't begin to explore the range of folk and traditional music I love but they do set the tone, so to speak. They are also albums that were intended as folk material. They're also the ones that are worn "down to a nubbin" at our house.

- Mark


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Frankie
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 07:31 AM

Everchanging but here goes:

If I Should Fall From Grace With God by the Pogues

Rum,Sodomy and the Lash the Pogues

American Traditional by Duck Baker and Molly Andrews

Moving Business by " " " " " " "

Doc Watson On Stage, an early Vanguard recording

Doggone My Time by Cathy Fink

Handful of Earth by Dick Gaughan

No More Forever By " " "

Planxty (the famous Black Album)

Bill Monroe's (MCA?) boxed set

Native American and Me and My Guitar by Tony Rice

Paul Brady and Andy Irvine by same

A Maid in Bedlam by the John Renbourn Group

better stop now. Happy listening Emmie.

Frankie


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Frankie
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 07:32 AM


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Frankie
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 07:35 AM

Oh yeah, and Pres de Paris, Musiques and Nice Feeling (a recently released retrospective) all by Pierre Bensusan.


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 09:51 AM

I can't believe that I'm about to say this, but.......

EMMIE......I'm glad you've come to Mudcat and I notice a lot of new posts you've made. I see you enjoy what we might refer to as "folk-like" sounds of some artists you mention as many of us do. But the word "Folk" for most of us at the 'Cat carries a meaning and a history that shouldn't be lost. We have run long threads arguing over the exact usage of the word and I'm not wanting to start another I assure you! But go back and enter "FOLK" in the filter box and you'll hit a few and see what I mean.

My point here is a bit different. As someone who enjoys the people you mention, you owe it to yourself to go back in time a bit and listen to the root music from which the more recent music is derived. I am not trying to tell you someone is or isn't a folk musician. I love a guy named Patrick Sky for instance. He did a lot of traditional stuff, often with a twist, and his own material is influenced by the traditional. Point is, I like him, no matter where we try to pigeonhole him. But his traditional stuff got me listening to more of it and recognizing the roots and traditions of the genre.

That's why, at least in part, that Kendall and Mario suggested the Folk-Legacy catalogue. Sandy and Caroline Paton are wonderful people who have spent a lifetime collecting and passing on the traditions of folk music. That catalogue is not just a list, but an education. When you get a Folk-Legacy Album, your education continues with the BEST liner notes in the recording business. Hell, they aren't liner notes...more like textbooks but far less boring! The Patons are also 'Catters and Sandy's posts reflect the philosophy they live by and have passed on to many here. Order something. Try the Golden Ring series or perhaps the "Golden Ring Reunion"...if you just want a sampler.

I know you've enjoyed some of the craziness of this place and I'm glad. But even the most "whacked" of us (probably me) has a kind of serious side too. We were brought here by the shared love of the genre and we never forget that. Hope you try out something from Folk-Legacy.....You'll love it.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Fred
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 10:07 AM

I'd like to propose a few oldies to add to someone else's list:


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Fred
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 10:07 AM

I'd like to propose a few oldies to add to someone else's list:


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Fred
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 10:07 AM

I'd like to propose a few oldies to add to someone else's list:


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Fred
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 10:12 AM

and here they are: the live Pentangle album; Classic Tom Rush; anything by Roscoe Holcomb; the first album by Bob Dylan; Harry Belafonte at Carnegie Hall; Doc Watson in Concert; anything by the original Carter Family.


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Frankie
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 10:13 AM

Good one, trickster.


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 10:18 AM

"... even the most "whacked" of us (probably me) has a kind of serious side too. We were brought here by the shared love of the genre and we never forget that."

Wish I'd have said that - nice one spaw.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: AnTirKitten
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 10:31 AM

Hmmmm...Oh dear..which to pick...

(In no particular order,btw, just as they come to mind)

1. Kinship the Brave--Kinship (this great Scot's trad band from BC) 2. New Tricks--Old Blind Dogs (btw, does anyone know how I can find their other stuff? I got this one at a thrift store and really love it) 3. Live at the Abbey Tavern (Dublin)--Various Artists (another garage sale treasure) 4. Greatest Hits--Steeleye Span 5. First Ten Years--Joan Baez (two LP set) 6. Irish Drinking Songs--Clancy Brothers 7. Long Black Veil/Irish Heartbeat--Chieftans (please don't make me pick *lol*) 8. Life's Flame--Heather Alexander 9. Elemental--Loreena McKennit 10. Colours of the Day--Judy Collins

Cat


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: bunkerhill
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 10:55 AM

Wicked challenging thread. Is there a time limit? Spaw: Last I knew, Patrick Sky was associated with SoundWorks Unlimited in Narragansett, R.I. (produced Lorraine and Bennett Hammond's "Jonah's Dream" there). Van Ronk had a line in one of his songs ("Random Canyon," I think) along the lines of "and I dreamed that Patrick Sky left town." 1. The Most Dulcimer by Jean Ritchie 2. Pete Seeger at Carnegie Hall. 3. Album 1700 by PPM. 4. Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer. 5. Other Voices Other Rooms (1st one). 6. O'Carolan sampler by various artists. 7. Jesse Winchester's first album. 8. Si Kahn's first album. 9. Red Wing by IB Stamper. 10. Fiddle Fever (the one with O'Connor and Grapelle doing Tiger Rag).


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Sam Pirt
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 11:49 AM


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Date: 11 Dec 99 - 11:49 AM


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Date: 11 Dec 99 - 11:49 AM


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Metchosin
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 11:56 AM

AnTirkitten, You should still be able to get more Old Blind Dogs at CD Now or Amazon. They also have a website which I got to by calling up "Old Blind Dogs"


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: AnTirKitten
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 01:43 PM

Thank you Metchosin (sp?). I'll have to look that up soon :)

Cat


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 02:16 PM

BTW folks....Remember that going through Mudcat to Amazon, CDNow and others helps to support this joint as does ordering from Folk-Legacy (previous post). Click the catfish in the banjo at the top of the page.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Emmie
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 04:22 PM

Dear Spaw, I.ve listened to the folk anthology C'd's and want to buy them (costs lots of money though) Yes I know what you mean that once you get into folk (whatever that may be ha ha, shall check out those threads) it becomes a long thread in itself. I never used to be that interested in history but it gets you hooked in. I may very well check out the folk legacy and purchase a cd!! Want to go and join cecil sharpe house as well (London) and see what its like. Thanks for the thoughts

Emmie


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Pixie
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 04:40 PM

You guys are a treasure trove of material...for all kinds of purposes and reasons! I'm more excited about checking out the new info on this site than playing Scrabble in the Zone...its an exciting life, and doggone it, I'm glad to be here! Nanci Griffith's "Other Voices Other Rooms" and "Trip to Bountiful (Other Voices Too) leads to all kinds of wonderous tunes and tunesmiths.


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: kendall
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 04:57 PM

Pixie, I have been wondering for years who that singer was in Trip to Bountiful...wonderful movie, outstanding singer.Was it Nancy Griffith?


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Midchuck
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 10:53 PM

Lessee....not in order of quality, or any other particular order....

1) Ian Tyson, Cowboyography

2) Tom Russell, Song of the West

3) Doc Watson, Doc Watson (first Vanguard album)

4) Joan Baez, Joan Baez (first Vanguard album)

5) Utah Phillips, Good, Though

6) Ian and Sylvia, Northern Journey

7) Stan Rogers, From Fresh Water

8) Dry Branch Fire Squad, Live at Last

9) Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin, Heart Songs/i>

10 (Left open, because it should be one by Norman Blake, but I can't think of one album I like to the exclusion of the others)

The above demonstrates that:

1) I am very old.

2) I have a very loose concept of what "folk music" is.

3) For a patriotic U. S. citizen, I have a pronounced weakness for Canadian singers.

But I could have told you that.


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Midchuck
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 10:59 PM

Hmm...so I didn't close the italics the last time....

Good site. You get to talk about music and practice HTML writing at the same time. Too bad it's so difficult to do two things at once without screwing up on both....


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: AnTirKitten
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 09:33 AM

Heh. I like your style, Midchuck. And not to worry, I goof continually on HTML even though I make my living writing the dratted stuff (seems that it's only error-free if I get paid for it *loL*)

Cat in BC


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 25 Jul 01 - 03:28 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: GUEST,Faithful Departed
Date: 25 Jul 01 - 04:34 AM

1. The Bothy Band "1975" 2. Paddy Keenan "The Ná Keen Affair" 3. Planxty "After The Break" 4. Dervish "At The End Of The Day" 5. Steeleye Span "Hark The Village Wait" 6. Robbie Hannan "Traditional Irish Music Played On The Uillean Pipes" 7. The Bucks "Dancin' to the Céilí Band" 8. Alias Ron Kavana "Coming Days" 9. Various Artists "Farewell To Ireland - Traditional Irish Music Recorded In The USA in the 1920s and 1930s" 10. Johnny Cash "American Recordings"


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: pavane
Date: 25 Jul 01 - 04:55 AM

Not in any particular order:
Rout of the Blues / Dransfields
Nic Jones / Nic Jones
Middle of the tune / Tom Gilfellon
Silly Sisters / Maddy Prior & June Tabor
Morris on
all Young Tradition albums
Boys of the Lough III
Martin Carthy (1st album)
Airs & Graces / June Tabor
{forgot the title} / Porterhouse (anyone remember them?)


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: John P
Date: 25 Jul 01 - 10:12 AM

Only 10?? That's hard . . .

Malicorne -- Almanach
Steeleye Span -- Parcel of Rogues
Led Zeppelin -- 3
Garmarna -- Vittrad
Martin Carthy -- Sweet Wivelsfield
John Renbourn Group -- A Maid in Bedlam
Frifot -- Summersong
Telynor -- Sprig of Thyme
William Pint and Felicia Dale -- Port of Dreams
Nic Jones -- Penguin Eggs

John Peekstok


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jul 01 - 10:23 AM

John Peekstok neglected to mention that one of his choices (Telynor) is his own album.


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Bob P
Date: 25 Jul 01 - 11:50 AM

Here's my quicklist - I'm sure I left a few off.

No order of importance implied except the #1 --------------------------------------------

1) Man From God Knows Where (Tom Russell)
2) The Older I Get, the Better I was (A Thieme))
3) Makin A Mess Of Commercial Success (Bob Gibson))
4) Ten Years Together - Live (Peter, Paul & Mary))
5) B.M.O.C. (Chad Mitchell Trio))
6) Christmas Spirituals (Odetta))
7) Birds Play Dylan)
8) The Times They Are A'Changin (BD-why?, Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll))
9) Freewheelin (BD))
10)Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (S & G))

I had two more; but a rule is a rule.)

Oh Hell, - Phil Ochs - 2 record set with Blue Cover)
- Mitchell Trio Featuring John Denver (also w/blue cover)

11


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Cappuccino
Date: 25 Jul 01 - 01:40 PM

Scotland has produced a a series of very inventive folk bands, and some startling albums - look for Caledonia's Hardy Sons, by the incredible Silly Wizard, and Sink Ye, Swim Ye, by Finn MacCuill. You deserve to hear these... - Ian B


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 26 Jul 01 - 02:54 AM

The Bothy Band:1975 / Pete Seeger: Live At The Village Gate, Vol I / Ewan MacColl and A.L. Lloyd, Whaling Ballads / Kate Rusby, Hourglass / Tommy Peoples Comhaltas album (1974) / The Frank Warner Collection, Vol. I / anything by Louis Killen / Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Ballads / Leadbelly: The Midnight Special (RCA Victor Vintage series)/ Alasdair Fraser, The Driven Bow /

Ahhh, can hardly stop at ten. The New Lost City Ramblers, Vol 4 / Altan/ Silly Wizard/ Noel Hill and Tony MacMahon's 1986 album....so much great stuff out there.

-chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 06 May 09 - 01:11 PM

Refreshing these old threads...


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Jayto
Date: 06 May 09 - 01:24 PM

Any of Clarence Ashley recordings
Jean Ritchie (same applies)
Doc Watson (yep same applies)
Mose Rager (hard to find because they were never released by a label but if you can get any man they are worth any trouble you have to go through to find)
Dock Boggs (yep any)
Blind Willie Johnson (once again any)
I will finish later. I hate doing this though because I know there are tons that are slipping my mind right now and I will kick myself later.
cya
JT


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 06 May 09 - 01:55 PM

1. Pentangle, Basket of light*
2. Steeleye Span, Below the salt
3. Pentangle, Cruel sister**
4. Shirley Collins, Anthems in Eden
5. John Kelly, Come all you wild young men
6. Nic Jones, Ballads and songs
7. Nic Jones, the Noah's Ark Trap
8. Tony Capstick, Punch and Judy Man
9. Dave and Toni Arthur, Hearken to the witches' rune***
10. Yorkshire Relish, the Celebrated Barnsley

Listed in order of when I first heard them, slightly embarrassingly (John Kelly's album came out in 2007).

* Never heard a production like this. Hail Shel Talmy!
** First time I heard a song recorded unaccompanied
*** One from the Guilty Pleasures department


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 06 May 09 - 04:17 PM

Some of the "seasoned citizens" who read this may relate.
I rarely found an album (in the vinyl era) on which I was crazy about all the songs. I found inspiration on several, either in terms of a song, an interpretation or approach, that helped me develop my own style. Some of the early albums' titles are lost to memory (a fire took care of that some years ago). Among the best I can recall:

1. "Songs of Earth & Sky" - Art & Paul (Art Podell & Paul Potash)
2. "Belafonte at Carnegie Hall" (which contained my first exposure   
      to both Odetta and the Chad Mitchell Trio)
3. An early Josh White album with Sam Gary on a few songs.
4. The Kingston Trio's original album
5. Joe & Eddie - the album name escapes me
6. Ian & Sylvia's debut album (which I still have)
7. The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem's first major album
8. Oscar Brand's sea shantey's, along with "Bawdy Songs & Backroom
      Ballads"
9. Gordon Lightfoot's early albums, mostly acoustic, with the late
      Red Shea on lead guitar
10. Two old Weavers albums my parents owned

There have been many others, the list changing as time goes on. People as diverse as Marty Robbins and John Jacob Niles have had their influence. The guitar magic of jazz players like Laurindo Almeida and Charlie Byrd also had a part. The first guitar playing I can recall hearing on the radio was probably western swing and country, being a rural kid.


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Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 07 May 09 - 09:16 AM

I suppose I should stick to albums proper, rather than those compiled on behalf of traditional singers & musicians by the good folk of Topic, Ocora, Nonesuch Explorer & such-like, though such things invariably blur the distinctions between document & product. So in no particular order...

Bright Phoebus - which defines a very definite aesthetic with respect of folk and lives of those who wrote it & played on it. At the very least one of the best sounding albums ever...

Alchemy - although Glen Sweeney persisted in calling the Third Ear Band a pop group, the folk aesthetic is writ large in this amazing album which nestles into the overall Harvest image thing anyway, along with the Shirley & Dolly albums. Pip's already mentioned Anthems in Eden, so I'll go for

Love, Death and the Lady - as remarkable a piece of cultural reinvention as you could wish for & utterly shameless in terms of Folk Image and Presentation. Shame the CD reissue couldn't live up to the promise...

Puck of Pook's Hill - Bellamy's second album of Kipling's Puck Songs which exists on a far darker level than the first; features some stunning fiddling from Nic Jones and eerie counter tenor from Dick Cadbury, and Dolly's flute organ of course...

Kip of the Serenes - though in what sense these albums might be considered folk continues to be a moot point; but out the rich dark earth there emerges a music which has always been entirely appropriate to aligning the senses with glad reality.

The Battle of the Field - the only time English Folk Rock has ever sounded right to my ears, Bright Phoebus notwithstanding of course, though at least here there are at least some Folk Songs to please the 1954 faithful, including Pip's Horns...

The Gypsy - Is this Folk Rock as well? Certainly Mr Fox existed at a tangent to the regular Hutching school as a casual spin of this slab of classic vinyl will reveal, warts and all. Makes me yearn to go over Buttertubs Pass with Carole Pegg's Gypsy Dance loud on the car stereo (you don't think I'd walk it do you?) - Barry Lyon's was a fine melodic bass player too. Only in for the money!

Just Another Diamond Day - Vashti Bunyan was someone else who maintained her music was pop rather than folk, though I'm not sure who she was trying to fool. I believe she persists with this line to this day. Time was this album was known only to five people living in and around the South Tyne Valley (within a hundred yard radius of a caravan called Rivermeet) - I died a death when I heard the title track on a mobile phone advert. But in my heart...

Among the Many Attractions at the Show Will be a Really High Class Band - JK & SH at their finest; sentimental value in spades here of course, but seminal in defining a notion of Folk Music that somehow endures to this day. And last but not least...

Times and Traditions for Dulcimer - And that which was first, shall be the very last! Roger Nicholson, Jake Walton with the occasional pre-celebrity Andrew Cronshaw turning in an exquisitely crafted modal master-work. They don't make 'em like this any more, and moe's the pity really. Someone once described it as Chamber Folk, which I think I'd go along with. A Leader album, languishing in the vaults along with so many others...


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