#3731: Next Wave of British Folk

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For this New Sounds, listen to musicians from British Isles take new approaches to the old songs, along with brand new folk-steeped compositions. Hear music by the folk band Lau, (a word that means "natural light” in Orcadian), who are from both Scotland and England. Listen to their “The Bell That Never Rang,” which is a slow-burning suite of epic and gorgeous heights, inspired by an image from Glasgow's coat of arms. Composed by Lau in collaboration with string experimenters the Elysian Quartet, the work – also the title track of their latest record - was commissioned for the UK's first New Music Biennial. (This track is highly recommended if you've enjoyed The Gloaming.)
Note: LAU PERFORMS IN NYC AT ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL ON JUNE 22.

Also, listen to music from the Unthanks, a fluid ever-expanding folk-rooted quintet co-fronted by the two sisters, Rachel and Becky Unthank (who grew up in a village on the south bank of the Tyne called Ryton, in the borough of Gateshead, just next to the border with Northumberland.) Their most recent record includes a sprawling title track, “Mount the Air” which draws heavily from Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain. Then, hear songs of love gone wrong in another tune from the Unthanks and new music from London-based Olivia Chaney. Chaney is a singer, pianist, guitarist, harmonium player, and songwriter whose music is rooted in folk, but well-informed by her background in classical early music, jazz, and performances with pop groups. Plus, hear new music from Bristol-based band Spiro, dramatic new music from Sam Lee’s “The Fade in Time,” and more.

PROGRAM #3731–the next wave of British folk (First aired on 05/27/2015)             

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Fairport Convention

Liege and Lief

Matty Groves, excerpt [1:00]

A&M #SP-4257, Reissued on CD in 1990; available for purchase at Amazon.com

Lau

The Bell That Never Rang

First Homecoming [4:39]

laumusic.bigcartel.com
Reveal Records

Spiro

Welcome Joy And Welcome Sorrow

The Vapourer [4:42]

realworldrecords.com

Olivia Chaney

The Longest River

False Bride [4:02]

Nonesuch Records 541711
nonesuch.com

The Unthanks

Mount the Air

Madam [4:56]

the-unthanks.com

Lau & Elysian Quartet

The Bell That Never Rang

The Bell That Never Rang [17:01]

laumusic.bigcartel.com
Reveal Records

Sam Lee & Friends

The Fade in Time

Bonny Bunch of Roses [4:11]

The Nest Collective Records TNCR 003
samleesong.co.uk

The Unthanks

Mount the Air

Mount the Air, excerpt [6:50]

See above.