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October 21st, 2005 (04:32 pm)

current mood: working
current music: The Carthy Chronicles

There's nothing like spending a day typing pretending that one is getting important stuff out of the way. I am; it's just that it's none of the career-shifting things I've been mentioning recently, but forging ahead with the DSoc magazine. There's one feature yet to type up, and then it's just editing and writing the filler material. I ended up on a tour of libraries and video shops looking for the Queer as Folk DVD to help with illustration, but in the end will be using a PR photo found on the internet and also sent to me by the gentleman known on Outpost Gallifrey as DannyBoy.

I did borrow a box set of Martin Carthy tracks, which I'm listening to now. It's a mixed bag as all these compilations are; but 'Hard Cheese of Old England' is great fun, and behind 'The Elfin Knight' lurks a mournful Scarborough Fair.


Posted by: Elaine of Astolat (ladyofastolat)
Posted at: October 21st, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)

I've several times almost bought the Carthy Chronicles. We've got a lot of his albums already, though, so I wondered how much of it would be duplication. I must look up a track listing one day...

I prefer his early stuff. I think he has a distinctive style back then, but over the years, he's taken those distinctive elements and really emphasised them. Some of his modern releases almost sound like self-parody. Even so, I am still a great admirer, although he can be a bit trying to see live, due to lengthily re-tuning his guitar between each song.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 21st, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)

This selection is chronologically disarrayed; items such as the American-style 'Duncan and Brady' from 'Hullabaloo', 1964, sit alongside more recent material such as 'Sir Patrick Spens' from 'signs of life' in which he performs with Eliza Carthy.

The first album also includes 'Over the Hills and Far Away' with Isla St Clair from '70 Golden Nursery Rhymes', 1978, which reminded me that I think I read somewhere that Tim Hart of Steeleye Span was very involved in the Music for Pleasure nursery rhyme 45s released in the early 1970s and to which I very much enjoyed listening to on our old radiogram in those pre-school days. How many of the folk revivalists were behind my childhood listening, I wonder? Maddy Prior has always denied performing on any of the Womble records, but that doesn't mean to say that others weren't implicated...

Posted by: Elaine of Astolat (ladyofastolat)
Posted at: October 21st, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)

Interesting... And it goes full circle. My interest in folk music can be traced back to listening to "Singing Together" on the radio at primary school. I've read several current performers on the folk scene saying exactly the same. But it's sad, too, since, as far as I know, there's nothing like that nowadays, to introduce pre-schoolers and primary school children to folk song.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)

I'm listening to 'The Humane Turnkey' now - it's based on a historical incident I knew, aboutthe housebreaker Henry Kable who was allowed to stay with the mother of his child when they were all transported to Australia. Kable became one of Australia's first successful businessmen.