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Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:34 am

Ceol bho Perthshire Amber - Karen Matheson
The singer with Capercaillie, here in a short set from 2014.

Binneas (Na Trads) - Ross Ainslie
He plays the bagpipes.

Feis na Mara
A longer set than many, from Mallaig Community Centre in 2014, featuring Kathleen MacInnes, the late Angus Grant, Donald McDonald and the Islands, and headliners Manran. All good stuff.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:49 am

Binneas (Na Trads) - Seamus O'Sullivan Experience
A short blast of a number called Hornpipes, which was what you would expect.

Shooglenifty aid Na Trads
A longer set than usual, but still not that long. They formed in 1990, so this Dec 2014 gig in Inverness was by way of a 25th anniversary celebration of their "acid-croft" sound. They didn't use a singer, but once the drummer married one, it became a natural inclusion.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:23 am

Binneas - Lori Watson
She's Scottish.

Binneas - Scott Wood Band
They play the bagpipes.

Binneas - The Shee
They're an all-female act.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:56 am

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Presented by DJ Mark Radcliffe and musician Julie Fowlis, winners included Imar, Lankum and The Young'uns, with Van Morrison making a negligible appearance to present one award, and Ralph McTell presenting another. Nick Drake's sister Gabrielle did indeed accept the award to her late brother.

Belladrum 2017 - First Aid Kit
Supposedly they're more folk than country. Anyway, they've many good songs from a string of albums, even if they've no UK chart hits, and they didn't play Emmylou either.

Binneas (Na Trads) - Murray Henderson and the Big Music Society
A long plod through a song.
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 28, 2018 6:56 am

Needle Time: Joan Baez
She felt Pete Seeger set her off. The Newport Folk Festival was a sensation. She recorded on a minor label to avert pop fame. She enjoyed working with Bob Dylan. She learned from coffee shop players. She thought being drug-free affected what people thought of her in the business. She met Dr Martin Luther King Jr. She hasn't written songs herself for 25 years. She felt it odd that Richard Nixon admitted listening to her music. She's on her last tour, but follows a healthy regimen.

Y Stiwdio Gefn - 9bach
A Welsh folk band, formed in 2005, signed to Peter Gabriel's Real World label. They won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. They were plugging their Tincian album in this 2015 show, and planning their next album and tour. A likeable bunch.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:51 am

BBC Proms 2018: Folk Prom
Julie Fowlis and Sam Lee presented as Stephen Bell conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra. Julie and Sam got to sing, and they were variously joined by Jarlath Henderson, supergroup ALAW, and favourites The Unthanks. It trod its own trail.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:07 am

Mumford & Sons - Live From South Africa : Dust and Thunder
The final night of their tour, at the Monument Amphitheatre, Pretoria, off the back of the album they did with collaborators like Baba Maal and Beatenberg. Apparently, South Africa is a hot territory for M&S. The lack of captions left me rather adrift.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:00 am

Mary Hopkin
The Welsh wonder was interviewed for this 2000 tribute, as was her mother, local friends in Pontardawe, fans and website owners, but few other musicians. Her big break was a version of "Turn! Turn! Turn!" which led her to Opportunity Knocks, and then recording "Those Were The Days" for Apple Records. She also represented the UK at Eurovision with "Knock Knock, Who's There?" but then she retreated into the folk world she was more comfortable with. Around the time of this prog, she had done a collaboration with an upcoming band, The Crocketts.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:32 am

Iul a' Chiuil (The Musical Path) - Fosgaite
The story of bands like Runrig, Moving Hearts, Capercaillie, Clannad and the Riverdance phenomenon, plus more modern acts like Moxie and Jarlath Henderson. A large cast of contributors considered how traditional Celtic sounds have had differing treatments in Scotland and Ireland.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:14 am

Cuirm@Celtic - Moving Hearts
The Irish folk rockers were at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow for Celtic Connections at this 2016 gig, and they delighted the crowd.

Belladrum Festival 2014 - Billy Bragg
The Barking Bard managed to rattle through a good number of tracks during his short set, old favourites and new.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:48 am

Colin Macleod - When It Kicks In
He's a crofter on the Isle of Lewis, and also a folkie singer-songwriter making waves with a US label. He combines his home-life with his rock-life (such as a gig on the James Corden show). His album is called Bloodlines, and the show's title is another of his tracks.

Sal
With Iain Morrison, also a singer-songwriter from the Isle of Lewis (you wait ages...) but this time with a new work commemorating the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy, when a ship bringing soldiers home from WW1 came to grief. The five suite work, titled after a gaelic word for sea-water, was mostly gentle, but some of it was very boisterous. He took some tips from a radio doc in 1961 which spoke to some of the survivors.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:47 am

Billy Connolly - Made in Scotland
A 2-part tribute, admittedly looking more at his comedy, but his background in "the folkies" in Glasgow did prove formative, he was in the Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty, and he still plays the banjo. Eddi Reader and Sharleen Spiteri were among the contributors too. He chatted to Martin Stephenson about the song-craft as well.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:15 am

Murchadh MacPharlain - Bard Mhealaborist aka Murdo MacFarlane - The Melbost Bard
Born in 1901, hence this 2001 documentary, he started writing poetry when young, and was a champion of the Gaelic language. He spent time working in Canada and the US, but returned to Scotland, and lived as a crofter on the Isle of Lewis. He had been an eyewitness to the aftermath of the Iolaire tragedy (see above). He never married. In the early 70s, a band called Na h-Oganinch used some of his lyrics, and he started to achieve a fame. Later groups like Runrig and Capercaillie homaged his role in the propagation of Gaelic. He supported Scottish independence, and was involved in the battle to stop Stornoway getting a NATO base. He died at the age of 81.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:20 am

Belladrum 2018: Ho-Ro
The folkies got a short look-in with Seata de Pluirt. Of course they did.
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