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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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Flook – Flatfish

FLOOK FLATFISHOrginal folking.com Posting date – 17-May-2001

Flook are like a well-oiled machine, with the many parts working in harmonious precision. Driving the sound is the flute interplay of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, supported by the deft rhythm section of guitar and bodhran. ‘Flatfish’ is full of vitality and energy, from the outset the track ‘Calico’ sets the scene with it’s flutey fruity antics. ‘Eb reels’ moves the sound into overdrive, with a frantic cascade of intricate flute parts. Slower and more reflective moods are captured in ‘The Gentle Giant’ and ‘Flatfish’. ‘Happy Jigs’ is uplifting and sprightly, while ‘Flutopia’ is a rich cornucopia of European styles which twist and turn at every corner. This album’s unique flute based sound gives it a cutting edge, which holds your attention from start to finish.

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Martyn Joseph – Far from Silent

Far from Silent” is about real life, people and experiences. When you listen to the words behind the songs you begin to understand the depth to Martyn’s world. Like the destruction of communities, cultures and traditions portrayed in the song “All in the Past” or the irony and false obsession in the words to “Celebrity“. Martyn Joseph is a visual cinema with the perfect sound track. I remember my first screening of “The Mayor of Candor Lied” a roller coaster period drama with an ending that will give Spielberg a run for his money. By far the most poignant song on the album Continue reading Martyn Joseph – Far from Silent

Lorraine Jordan – This Big Feeling

“This Big Feeling” has it all: Syncopated rhythms where guitar, cello, accordion and bouzouki work together in perfect harmony, blended with soft rhythmic swing vocals that accompany travelling blues, to the sunnier rhythms of Hawaiian slide guitar, mixed with meandering accordion and gospel undertones.

“This Big Feeling” is a huge achievement. Lorraine has not only composed and written the majority of songs and plays guitar/ bouzouki or percussion on all of the tracks, but also has gathered together a tightly knitted group of musicians who underpin the wonderful depth to her vocal range giving the album tremendous feeling, expression and composition.  The Folkmaster

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Artist web link: https://www.lorrainejordan.net/

Celtus – What goes Around

Celtus - What goes Around“What goes Around” builds a new refined pyramid of sound, vocal and spirit. John and Pat McManus are at the heart of this new structure, which is held together with the strongest set of songs to date, heavenly harmonies and exciting new concepts. Track Analysis: “What Goes Around”, Eastern Techno-folk flavour with funky Bodhran. “Breathe”, a wonderful, smooth, polished love song that takes you to a sacred place. “Angel”, beautiful acoustic guitar and vocals that shine with compassion. “Perfection”, an anthem of harmony. “Jigsaw”, interesting fusion of musical styles that will make you smile. “Changes” – It’s a single! “Touch Too Much”, a touching little ditty. “Live Again” – guitar, uilleann pipes and whistles pinned to a solid backbeat of touching vocals. “Liberate” – Celtic mouth music. “Shelter” – “The Cathedral” of hope and a message of peace. “Hole Inside My Heart” – an awe-inspiring piece of music. “Departure”, an instrumental so beautiful in composition, that it will take your breath away.  The Folkmaster

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