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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:12 am

Folk music has a long and happy tradition, and some of its best exponents have had big success as well as great records. It has also been often synonymous with protest. Here are just a few examples of its many facets:

This Land is Your Land - Pete Seeger

Diamonds and Rust - Joan Baez

Meet on the Ledge - Fairport Convention

The Cave - Mumford and Sons

Meet Me in the Twilight - Seth Lakeman

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Post  misery guts on Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:48 am

Richard Thompson: Solitary Life
Folk guitarist genius who started as a teenager in Fairport Convention, then spent a decade with his musical wife, and finally finding some degree of contentment living with his new wife in LA. Missed the end to see what year this was made, but John Peel's narration would cast it sometime before 2004.

Fairport Convention: Who Knows Where The Time Goes? Narrated By Frank Skinner
Another gratuitously celebrity-voiceovered doc, linked to their 45th anniversary. It's a story of giving an oomph to folk music, tragedy and multiple line-up changes, splits, reformation and the annual Cropredy Festival. Following on from the above doc on Richard Thompson, this was a fair-minded and rich tribute to an enduring band.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:50 am

Fairport Convention: 45th Anniversary Concert
Shown in conjunction with the above doc, it did exactly what it said on the tin, from the Union Chapel, London. A pleasant show.

Celtic Connections: The Richard Thompson Band
From 2011, with interspersed chats to Bob Harris, this was solid performance stuff from the folk legend, in fine form.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:57 am

Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan
Mammoth 2 hour retelling of how a young folk singer achieved pop success, rubbed shoulders with Bob Dylan and the Beatles, created hit albums, found love, tried acting projects, had a quiet spell, then slowly made a comeback, until his current 'elder statesman' status. One of the more amusing episodes involved working with Rick Rubin. Unlike the usual tales of success, their album together took years to make and then was kyboshed by record company collapse. Overall, Donovan remains a fascinating talent and clearly a nice bloke.

BBC Four Sessions: Richard Thompson
Part of a night celebrating the imminent closure of BBC TV Centre, Thompson gave a tidy and typical hourlong show, which I'm sure was great for fans. He did witfully wonder what would become of the Daleks when the place closed, which was nice.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:07 am

American Masters: Joan Baez - How Sweet The Sound
A reflection of her 50-year career from 2009, alas with no name captions. Amongst the talking heads I DID recognise were Joan herself, Bob Dylan, David Crosby, Jesse Jackson, and archive chat of Martin Luther King himself. Her music touched many lives for the better, and she remains a committed force for good.

Cropredy 2011: Fairport Convention
Devisers of their own festival close the weekend with a hearty rundown of many of their greats, interspersed with a pre-show chat to Bob Harris. Amongst special guests was veteran folkie Ralph McTell. They encored with a full stage for 'Meet on the Ledge'
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First Love: Stephen Mangan
Comic actor picks up the folk guitar again, preparing for a gig with folk legend Richard Thompson, sharing the song 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes?'. Mangan is overawed by the scale of the task, but after reminiscence over the sad fates of his parents, and also getting help from June Tabor, turns up at the Cambridge Folk Festival, and does alright. Quite a pleasant show.

Roy Harper: Man & Myth
Useful retrospective to promote his new album. The quality of the talking heads helped here; Page & Plant, Johnny Marr, Ian Anderson, Nick Mason & Peter Gabriel, as well as his son Nick, producer Peter Jenner and engineer John Leckie. Harper seems happy with his Irish home, and his ability is without question.

The Enigma of Nic Jones: Return of Britain's Lost Folk Hero
In 1982, with 1 classic album under his belt, Jones was caught in a terrible car accident, and had most of his bones broken in the process. Finally, after 30 years, he returned to the stage with his son Joe alongside. His influence and ability were without question, and so the puzzle is what would have happened if his accident hadn't taken him off the stage for so long?
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:23 am

Get Folked: The Great Folk Revival
Supposedly, folk music is going through a renaissance of popularity, if you believe that Jake Bugg and Newton Faulkner belong in this idiom. Lumineers, Mumford & Sons and The Unthanks, fair enough. But it seemed a bit of a stretch with some of the others. Still a nice in-built retrospective allowed for mentions of Donovan, Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. And the ubiquitous Bob Geldof managed to get included, too.

Mumford & Sons: Live at the Artist's Den
From the Belasco Theater, LA, on Nov 11, 2012. I could identify about half the tracks, and the rest sounded alright, too.

Seth Lakeman: Celtic Connections
A 2011 gig from the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, as Seth ran through many songs, with were happily captioned. Bob Harris introduced, and did some bts chat to Seth. Not bad.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:27 am

Live from the Artist's Den: Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs
From the Don Strange Ranch, Boerne, Texas, on Nov 13, 2010. They ran through a selection of palatable material, which seemed to go down a storm. When he first broke through, I got the idea he was going to be much bigger news than turned out to be the case.

The Genius of Bert Jansch
A tribute concert from the Royal Festival Hall, London, with friends performing his songs including Ralph McTell, Robert Plant and Bernard Butler. Neil Young contributed a video performance. There was also behind the scenes chitchat singing Bert's praises. A better show than I expected, really.

BBC Four Sessions: Bert Jansch
From St Luke's Church, London, on Oct 24, 2003, by way of a 60th birthday tribute. Bert was joined at various stages by Ralph McTell, Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and Pentangle's Jacqui McShee. An entertaining show it was, too.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:33 am

Cambridge Folk Festival 2012
Highlights of the many & varied acts who performed there: The Unthanks, Angelique Kidjo, Raghu Dixit, Keb Mo Band, Nanci Griffith, Seth Lakeman, Joan Armatrading and The Proclaimers. My favourites were The Destroyers with a catchy number called "Hole in the Universe"  What a Face

The Donovan Concert - Live in L.A.
Film maker David Lynch introduced him, and he got Mike Love out to join in on Mellow Yellow in the encore. His daughter Estrella also sang on a few numbers. But mainly it was a showcase (from 2007) for the folk legend, wittily introducing his songs as part of a cosmic narrative, and premiering the lost George Harrison-derived verse of 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' (it was that kind of night). I seem more impressed by his music the more I hear him.

Big Easy Express
A 2012 train-based tour from Oakland to New Orleans, with Mumford & Sons alongside the Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. There were vignettes along the way, such as M&S performing to & then with a youth marching band. I find it interesting that M&S appear to be a success in the USA, certainly much bigger than they are here.
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Secret Knowledge: In Search of Rory McEwen
In the 1950's, the talented folk singer & musician had his own telly show, where he gave early exposure to Martin Carthy, among others. But he turned his back on fame to devote time to superb paintings of flowers. His son-in-law, who in terms of presenting a telly show devoted to promoting a wide mix of musicians is a chip off the old block, is Jools Holland, who presented this fine, if short, tribute.

Fairport Convention: Rare Broadcasts
From a 1990 concert at Birmingham Town Hall, I only recognised 'From a Distance', and of course the closer 'Meet on the Ledge'.

Live With... Fairport Convention
They've got a new album out, which sounds alright judging from this evidence. They ended with an oldie, Matty Groves.
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Live With... Ralph McTell
Bless him, he did a set of songs I didn't know, but then if you're prolific and have 40-odd years of songs to play, that will happen. He paid tribute to the Reverend Gary Davis, who inspired him, amongst others.

Mumford & Sons @ Reading 2015
They headlined Friday August 28th, and went on for well over an hour and a half. Alas, without captions, one track seemed much like another, bar odd ones they did bother introducing, and others like I Will Wait, which were obvious even to the casual viewer like me. Nice work, though.

Live With... Richard Thompson
He doesn't waste time on anecdote, he just delivers the songs. And fine work they are, too.
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Mumford & Sons Live @ R1 Big Weekend
From Powderham Castle, Exeter, almost an hour of stuff. They brought on guests Mamadou Sakho and Baaba Maal from their recent EP collaboration. I've got to the stage of recognising 3 of M&S regular hits.

The Lumineers @ Glastonbury 2016
Another short set from the Other Stage on Friday, as the Ho Hey hitsters tried to pretend they had depth, as well as a cover of Subterranean Homesick Blues.

SoundStage Presents: Joan Baez
A pleasant hour from the folk/protest legend and her guitar, covering a wide band of songs from all kinds of artists, young and old. She finished with Diamonds & Rust, I think.

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All You Need Is Love: Go Down, Moses!
Episode 12 looked at protest songs, with Pete Seeger a rather vociferous interviewee, talking about "the folk process", and how he became blacklisted by radio and television. Joan Baez and Vera Lynn were among others chatting briefly. Topics included Vietnam, the Irish troubles, and the prospect of hope for the future.

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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:52 am

Radio 2's forthcoming Folk Awards are getting news coverage as one nomination has a story to it:

Star who couldn't sing for 30 years is nominated for two awards
Folk star Shirley Collins, who was robbed of her voice for 30 years by an emotional crisis, has been nominated for two Radio 2 Folk Awards.
The 81-year-old is up for singer of the year, while Lodestar, her first record since 1978, is up for best album.
She might not win, but the recognition of nomination is valid in cases like this Idea
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