Folk is the Roots


There's a new generation of musicians coming from classical or rock finding inspiration in olde English folksongs, love songs and murder ballads.   It's another round of mining the old for the new, which hearkens back to the 1960's, when English outfits like Pentagle and Fairport convention looked back to traditional folk songs.  For this New Sounds, listen to arrangements of folk tunes by Jim Moray, Emily Portman, and the Juice Vocal Ensemble, to name a few.

PROGRAM #3210, English Folk Songs Reworked (First aired on 5/26/11)                                                       





Emily Portman

Rough Guide to English Folk Song

Tongue-Tied [4:22]

World Music Network
Due out June 21, 2011

Various Artists: Billy Bragg and The Young Coppers with Eliza Carthy and Simon Emmerson

Imagined Village

Hard Times of England Retold [5:38]

Real World Records 884108-0142

Various Artists: Jim Moray

Looking for a New England

Rufford Park Poachers [4:59]

fRoots ACE 1  L4ANE/5
Only available as Free CD with Back Issue 317-8

Imagined Village

Rough Guide to English Folk Song

My Son John [6:10]

See above.

Juice Vocal Ensemble


Sarah Dacey: Cruel Mother [4:00]

The Unthanks

Here's The Tender Coming

Ann Briggs: Living by the water [6:08]

Rough Trade RTRADCD548

John Wesley Harding

Soundcheck live, 2011-02-11

Little Musgrave [6:32]

This performance not commercially available.

Chris Wood  

Rough Guide to English Folk

Lord Bateman [7:58]

See above.