Copperplate Podcast 243 – Presented by Alan O’Leary

folking.com brings you the latest podcast from that aficionado of Irish music, yes you guessed it, the one and only Mr. Alan O’Leary with his regular monthly instalment of Copperplate goodies.


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Playlist:


1. Paddy GlackinTop It Off.    Glackin
2. Liam O’Flynn: 
Humours of Carraigaholt SetThe  Piper’s Call
3. Tim Dennehy:   
A Winter’s Tear.   Old Boots & Flying Sandals
4. Urnua:   Micky Ward’s/Portland McCann’s.  Urnua
5. Johnny Connolly: 
Na Ceannabhain Bhana/Paidin O’Raifeartaigh.   Droiball na Fainleoige  
6. Kevin Burke & John Carty: Morrison’s/Pipe on the HobSligo Made
7. Helen Roche:  
 The Lisburn Lass. Shake the Blossom Early.
8. Paddy Tutty & Caoimhin O’Fearghail: Tapping Toes/Ftr Kelly’s Farewell Flute & Fiddle
9. Gerry O’Connor: The Iniscealtra Set. No Place Like Home
10. Eileen O’Brien/Lar Gavin/Deirdre McSherry: 
Cutting the Hay/The Smiling Lady. 2nd Jimmy McHugh Memorial Concert
11. Donal Clancy: The Lowlands of Holland. On The Lonesome Plain
12. Gerry Harrington:    
Lad O’Beirne’s/ Sault’s Own/The New Century.   At Home
13. Noel Hill: The Collier’s Reel.  Live in New York
14. Eilis Kennedy:   
The Saucy Sailor.   Westward
15. Crawford/Farrell/Doocey:    
The Road to Foxford/Wade’s Reel.  Music & Mischief
16. Kevin Burke: Humours of Castlefinn/The Ewe Reel/McFadden’sSligo Made

For further information on the music featured in the show visit: http://www.copperplatemailorder.com/

Drive-By Truckers – New album The Unraveling

Drive-By Truckers have unveiled the latest single from their much-anticipated new album, ‘The Unraveling’. ‘Thoughts and Prayers’. The powerhouse track is accompanied by an official lyric video streaming below THE UNRAVELING arrives via ATO Records on Friday 31st January; digital and physical pre-orders are now available.

‘The Unraveling’ was first heralded late last year by the bracing first single, ‘Armageddon’s Coming To Town’. The track is joined by an official lyric video streaming now. ‘Armageddon’s Coming To Town’ was met by critical applause upon its November 2019 premiere, with Rolling Stone writing, “Drive-By Truckers stare down the end of the world on their new song,” noting that the “ramshackle rocker…finds co-frontman Patterson Hood grappling with a deluge of confusion, dismay, uncertainty and guilt as he sings, ‘There’ll be no healing from the art of double-dealing/Armageddon’s back in town again.’” Stereogum hailed ‘Armageddon’s Back In Town’ as “a revved-up, world-weary rocker about dealing with the day-to-day hassles of travelling the United States while feeling like things are at a breaking point,” adding, “If 2016’s ‘American Band’ focused on the declining state of the country, then ‘The Unraveling’ looks to get even deeper into an even more fucked-up state of affairs.”

Drive-By Truckers’ 12th studio album and first new LP in more than three years – the longest-ever gap between new DBT albums – THE UNRAVELING was recorded at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and longtime DBT producer David Barbe. Co-founding singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood both spent much of the time prior doing battle with deep pools of writer’s block. “How do you put these day to day things we’re all living through into the form of a song that we (much less anybody else) would ever want to listen to?” says Hood. “How do you write about the daily absurdities when you can’t even wrap your head around them in the first place? I think our response was to focus at the core emotional level. More heart and less cerebral perhaps.”

The songs that eventually emerged are among Drive-By Truckers’ most direct and pointedly provocative, tackling the myriad horrors of our new normal through sincere emotion and unbridled heart. Indeed, “Armageddon’s Back in Town” takes a whirlwind joyride through the whiplash of events we collectively deal with each day while the concluding “Awaiting Resurrection” dives headfirst into the despair and pain roiled up by these troubled times.

“The past three-and-a-half years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen,” says Hood, “and the duality between the generally positive state of affairs within our band while watching so many things we care about being decimated and destroyed all around us informed the writing of this album to the core.

“While a quick glance might imply that we’re picking up where 2016’s ‘American Band’ album left off, the differences are as telling as the similarities. If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm, this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath. I’ve always said that all of our records are political but I’ve also said that ‘politics is personal’. With that in mind, this album is especially personal.”

The remarkable songcraft found on ‘The Unraveling’ receives much of its musical muscle from the sheer strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan – together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s almost 25-year history. The LP also features a number of special guests, including The Shins’ Patti King, violinist/string arranger Kyleen King (Brandi Carlile), and North Mississippi All-Stars’ Cody Dickinson, who contributes electric washboard to the strikingly direct “Babies In Cages.”

Hailed by Stereogum as “perhaps the greatest extant American rock and roll band,” Drive-By Truckers will mark ‘The Unraveling’ with an epic world tour, getting underway this week and then continuing through late June. The tour includes to UK dates in June, including a headline show at London’s 02 Forum. For updates and ticket information, please visit the official Drive-By Truckers tour page via the web link below.

Artists’ website: www.drivebytruckers.com

Dave Pegg Cropredy 2019 Interview

Credit – Uncle Kevin Smith

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech catch up with Dave Pegg at Cropredy 2019.

In the interview we talk about the wind, the weather and health and safety. We thank Peggy for hatching the plan to bring Georgia Rose Lucas over from Oz (Sandy Denny and Trevor Lucas’ daughter) and reflect on Georgia’s poem “Where I’m From” (written about her mum) which was read out live on stage at Cropredy on the Thursday afternoon by Anthony John Clarke (captured by Watchawhile in the YouTube video below). We also reference Georgia’s fabulous paintings and sketches as well.

We discuss Costa Del Folk Portugal, the cruise and Hungarian Rhapsody!

The interview closes with the news that Cropredy 2020 will be a Full House!

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Artist’s website: https://www.fairportconvention.com/

Costa Del Folk website: https://costadelfolk.co.uk/costa-del-folk-portugal/

Ric Sanders Cropredy 2019 Interview

Ric Sanders Cropredy 2019

Paul Johnson is still suffering from delusions of grandeur and is again banging on about our ‘world renounced’ interviews as if he actually believes it.

Meanwhile… back in the real world, it would be more appropriate to use the term ‘world renounced’ to describe that ‘Pretty Damn Cosmic’, fiddle player extraordinaire, Mr Ric Sanders. So, let’s do that then to introduce this year’s folking.com interview with Ric Sanders (interviewed by Darren Beech and Paul Johnson).

In the interview we talk about Ric’s 34th Year with Fairport, the call from Dave Pegg in April in 1985 to join the band to be part of the Gladys’ Leap album. We talk about the ‘Fairport Extension’ set, the New Forest Folk Festival and Maart’s inspirational heroic ‘Metal Matty’ performance last year.

We discuss ‘echo delay pedals’ and Ric’s musical background of Blues, Jazz and Rock. We move on to the new Ric Sanders Trio album Headspace with Vo Fletcher (Guitar and Vocals), Michael Gregory (Drums & Percussion), talk about the previous album Standing on the Corner and Graeme Taylor’s fantastic new studio where the new album was recorded.

The interview closes with a Home Service announcement that totally took us by surprise. Ric talks about his first album for Harvest EMI, when he recorded with Soft Machine and how that led up to working with John Tams on Rise Up Like the Sun.

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Artist’s website: https://www.fairportconvention.com/

Chris Leslie Cropredy 2019 Interview

Darren Beech with Chris Leslie
Paul Johnson

Well, as we always say, it would not be Cropredy without our annual Chris Leslie interview.

Darren Beech and Paul Johnson tracked Mr. Leslie down on the Friday, luckily just before he was about to do a runner in the pink buggy to go off and do a gig with the ‘Banana Splits’.

In the interview, we talk about how the act of walking fuels the art of song-writing, the process of writing the ‘what Chris Leslie has been up to piece’ for the Cropredy programme each year and how this year’s article conjured up the visions and words of the John Tams version of Ewan MacColl’s ‘The Manchester Rambler’.

We also talk about the ‘Fairport Extension’ set, why Fairport are the best backing band in the world, the much loved and dearly missed Maart, we revisit the 25th Anniversary 1992 Cropredy year and remember when Robert Plant played a very special set as part of that celebration.

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Artist’s website: http://www.chrislesliemusic.co.uk/

PJ Wright Interview from the New Forest Folk Festival 2019

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech catch up with PJ Wright in the artists garden at the New Forest Folk Festival. PJ was performing later that day as part of The Sandy Denny Project, which also features IOTA’s Sally Barker, Anna Ryder, Marion Fleetwood and the engine room of Little Johnny England, bassist Mat Davies and drummer Mark Stevens.

PJ has been to the festival every year since it’s conception and gives a fascinating insight into how the festival started eight years ago. It includes a great story about the hiccup with the stage that was originally ordered and how one was built out of a cowshed at the very last minute, just in time for the first festival.

We also talk about Fotheringay 2 and how the idea for the Sandy Denny Project came together and we get technical with Pedal Boards, Stratocaster’s and Telecaster’s.

We close the interview with PJ being tight lipped about whether he will be playing Cropredy in some form or other and TRADarrr’s appearance at the brilliant Wickham Festival, the week before Cropredy, which is run by our old mate Peter Chegwyn.

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Artist’s website: https://facebook.com/thesandydennyproject/

Here is a great moment from the set, a brilliant cover of Sandy’s classic anti-war song ‘John the Gun’.