Bob Fox – Dreams Never Leave You

Bob Fox Dreams Never Leave YouBob Fox’s latest album “Dreams Never Leave You” is like an old friend. “The Road to the North” welcomes you in and leads very nicely into “The White Cockade”. The album is very well constructed and every track seems to fit well with the next, like Ewan MacColl’s “Champion at Keeping them Rolling” which features some marvelous flute playing by Norman Holmes. The two songs that follow are about the river Tyne in Newcastle, UK: the first, a love song, and the second, Jimmy Nail’s “Big River”. Bob also covers Jez Lowe’s touching tale “Greek Lightning”, about a dream that lets you down which features some inspired fiddle playing by Ric Sanders. Another highlight is Ralph McTell’s “From Claire to Here”, a simply beautiful version. Bob offers some great tips on the fairer sex in “Take Her in Your Arms” and the last track “The Galway Shawl” completes this collection of carefully chosen tracks. The Folkmaster – 17-May-2001 Continue reading Bob Fox – Dreams Never Leave You

Battlefield Band – Happy Daze

Battlefield Band Happy DazeStarting the album with Alan Reid’s interpretation of the traditional song ‘The Devil’s Courtship’ he is joined by the rather wonderful voice of Karine Polwart (now a full-time member of the band). In fact Karine comes into her own particularly on the track ‘The Banks Of Red Roses’ which wouldn’t sound out-of-place on an album by Kate Rusby. Being arranged in part by John McCuske(Kate’s other half) I suppose that isn’t surprising.

As regular supporters of the band will be aware, Mike Katz has contributed much with his skill as not only a fine writer of tunes but for his dynamic piping which features throughout the album. Although he will be sadly missed the recent passing of Davy Steele unfolds another chapter in the band’s history and there could be no finer compliment to his memory.

The band have always been able to re-invent themselves and on this album the title of the last track ‘Start It All Over Again’ couldn’t be more apt.

Original Posting date -17-May-2001
Reviewers Name – Pete Fyfe

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Celtarabia – Cult of Audio

Wow! The word ‘programming’ gives it away, this is a spectacular mix of trad and world music with a thumping techno back-beat. Celtarabia are: Quentin Budworth – Hurdy-gurdy, shawm, bag-pipes, low whistle and programming. Amanda Lowe- Vocals, harp, hammer dulcimer, and programming. Celtarabia play high energy world fusion music, a dynamic and complex clash of east meets west, analogue and digital, ancient and modern, in yer face yet subtle. The album features stonking instrumental tracks that force you to get up and dance, and stunning, hypnotic vocals that enchant.

This is the sort of music that will still be ringing in your head at three in the morning after a heady night of stimulants, tribal dancing, sweaty passion and a kebab.

The folkmaster 17-May-2001

Artist web site http://celtarabia.com/

Bluehorses – Dragons Milk and Coal

This album bays loudly and stampedes the listener with a sound that has been created by the fusion of a classic Rock technique thrust into a delicate layer of traditional folk. Liz Prendergast’s vibrant electric fiddle and gritty vocal control works beautifully on tracks like “Rabbit in the Headlights” and “Dragons, Milk and Coal”. Nic Waulker hammers out the funky drum parts, Rob Khoo keeps it all pinned together with his thumping bass line, while Martyn Standing’s provides trail blazing guitar antics in “Liberty”. Another gem from the album is “Barbara Allen” a high-energy tale of treachery and love with foot stomping fiddle and guitar parts. Continue reading Bluehorses – Dragons Milk and Coal

Shave the Monkey – Good Luck Mr Gorsky

Original folking posting date – 17-May-2001

When Apollo Mission Astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he not only gave his famous “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” statement but followed it by several remarks, whilst communicating between him, the other astronauts and Mission Control. Just before he re-entered the lander, however, he made the enigmatic remark “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky.”

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs. Over the years many people questioned Armstrong as to what the “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky” statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled. Continue reading Shave the Monkey – Good Luck Mr Gorsky

Ashley Hutchings – An Hour With Cecil Sharp

Not exactly an hour but who’s counting? Bearing in mind the current debate on the nature of Englishness, this is a timely and welcome re-issue of the 1986 vinyl album that followed up Ashley’s successful show, “An Evening with Cecil Sharp and Ashley Hutchings”.

Part entertainment and part documentary, it is a celebration of the work of Cecil Sharp and an intriguing insight into one of the most influential characters of the folk revival.

There is a great deal of fascination in hearing some of the early cylinder recordings featured here and the whole album should be regarded as essential listening for any one who has an interest in the folk tradition and its development.

Throw in some terrific playing from Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy and Dave Whetstone and you have a CD that’s well worth the price. It fits easily as part of series that includes “Rattlebone and Ploughjack”, “The Complete Dancing Master” and “A Word In Your Ear”.

Review courtesy of Folk on Tap

Originally posted on folking – 17-May-2001

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