Tag Archives: folk music

Joan Baez’s “Fare Thee Well” tour

The folk queen is on the road one last time, or so she says. Her voice may be darker than it once was, but that actually is no bad thing – the lengthening shadows give the lyrics extra resonance.  The … Continue reading

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Folk fail & thrill

There was a standing ovation at the end. I had the feeling that I was the only person in the Union Chapel who didn’t enjoy The Transports: Its heart is in the right place, and the singing is full of … Continue reading

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The best world & roots albums of 2017

Close harmonies from Alabama, folk songs from Réunion and the rest of my choices in today’s Sunday Times. Full details here. 1 THE SECRET SISTERS: You Don’t Own Me Anymore (New West) 2 DANYEL WARO: Monmon (Buda Musique) 3 ALEXANDRE … Continue reading

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The right kind of rant

Introducing the quartet’s new recording, “Reverie”. I have a feeling it will up there in contention in my end-of-year top ten. Julie Fowlis and Ewan McLennan make guest appearances.

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Saying goodbye to Bellowhead

My review [£] of the folkies’ final London concert: Some purists may have their misgivings, but there’s no question that in their dozen years together, the quirky, irreverent supergroup have brought traditional music to a fresh new demographic. Eager to … Continue reading

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Is folk music too white?

MOWOs anyone? The editor of one of the country’s leading music magazines looks around and doesn’t like what he sees.

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Singer in the ascendant

“Every now and then, an artist comes along whose voice transforms almost any kind of song.” My feature on Rhiannon Giddens in today’s Sunday Times [£]: For all the intensity of her studio performances, she remains as unassuming in person as … Continue reading

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