Tuesday, 8 August 2017

folk music

It is now the season of folk music festivals:
Sidmouth Folk Week – August 4th – 11th 2017
The Cambridge Folk Festival | Cambridge Live

Today's folk singers are doing very interesting things:
Sam Lee: After dark Singing with Nightingales concerts | Folk Radio UK
audioBoom / To sing with a nightingale (at 3:20)
Sam Lee Singing With Nightingales : BBC Breakfast TV 2.5.17 - YouTube (at 3:15)
BBC Radio 3 - Late Junction, Verity Sharp with Nightingale Duets, Alice Zawadzki & Sam Lee collaborate with nightingale

Who does folk music 'belong to'?
BBC Radio 3 - The Radio 3 Documentary, Taking it All Back Home

Much of this we now call 'world music':
BBC Radio 3 - World on 3

For example:
Cascade - Afro Celt Sound System - YouTube

Meanwhile, there is the great British folk tradition - which is very much alive and kicking today:

Dirty Old Town

Seth Lakeman

Foggy Foggy Dew

Jay Doubleyou: british music

And something a little louder:
Bellowhead - New york girls - Later Live 2nd November 2010 - YouTube

Jay Doubleyou: music from the uk

And there is the American tradition:

Strange Fruit:

Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

with lyrics:
Billie Holiday - Strange fruit - YouTube

American folk blues... and beyond...

Lead Belly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jay Doubleyou: racial issues

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