New Folk Routes

Names like "freak folk" and "folktronica" have been used to try to describe yet another generation of musicians falling under the sway of the British tradition of murder ballads, broadsides, and the like. We’ll hear old favorites like Vashti Bunyan and Fairport Convention, as well as newcomers like Tunng and Espers on this New Sounds.

PROGRAM #2679, Nu-folk (First aired on Thursday, 5/17/07)





Vashti Bunyan

Folk Off! - compiled by Rob da Bank (digital edition)

Here Before [2:00]

Sunday Best / Vital:PIAS Digital Download at


The Weed Tree

Rosemary Lane [4:30]

locust 73
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Fairport Convention

Liege & Lief

Reynardine [4:40]

Tzadik #7194**
A&M #SP-4257,
Reissued on CD in 1990; available for purchase at*

Fern Knight

Music for Witches & Alchemists

Song for Ireland [4:00]

VHF #101


This is... Tunng: Mothers Daughter and other Tales

Fair Doreen [1:30]

Static Caravan VAN 88


John Barleycorn Must Die

John Barleycorn [6:30]

Island #548541 Available at*


Comments of the Inner Chorus

Sweet William [3:30]

Full Time Hobby #019

Lewis & Clarke

Blasts of Holy Birth

Comfort Inn [7:00]

La Societe Expeditionnaire #006


The Weed Tree

Blue Mountain [5:00]

See above.

The Knitters

The Modern Sounds of the Knitters

Little Margaret [3:00]

Zoe #1057

Robin Williamson

The Iron Stone

The Iron Stone, excerpt [2:00]

ECM #1969