Another outstanding FolkEast festival this year… great artistes across the spectrum of folk and dance including favourite local artists, artistes, groups and sides.
For me the highlight was hearing Kate Rusby on the sunset stage… wow… truly superb
I’m still exploring but I’m hopeful as on first listening I’m enjoying the rain. I’m not sure how I’ve missed his work; he died last year with some 40 albums, over seven decades, to his name. This acoustic album, from 2017, is worth a listen:
Paul Sartin has died suddenly aged 51. He performed in Bellowhead, Faustus and Belshazzar’s Feast He was a wonderful musician who I saw play many times. My thoughts are with his family and those who knew him personally.
I’ve not listened to Tim Buckley’s first album - yet. But he was American and in the US ‘folk music’ can mean that the musician is a singer-songwriter. Websters says ’ : the traditional music of the people in a country or region Irish folk music also : a type of popular music that is based on traditional music and that does not use electric instruments. Discogs has: Buckley was a 1960’s and early 1970’s folk singer/songwriter. He was known for forays into experimental music and improvisation, which can be heard on the albums “Lorca” and “Starsailor”.
Elsewhere ‘folk-rock’ is found. Personally I think that classification is the least interesting thing about folk, roots, world music or traditional music. But many key strokes are expended upon it. Martin Carthy was once refused in a club because he played acoustic guitar, a non-folk instrument…
It’s not something that requires much discussion about. I would class his early music and song writing as American Folk music. The term Folk music is broad enough for that when one considers its various cultural roots and along with that, interpretations.
Eliza Carthy is on tour with a string of EPs and Queen of the Whirl releases on 22 Oct. Reworked material from her earlier albums.
I’ll try to see her live and buy the CD. Martin is set to appear at the first couple of concerts.
The tendency is to classify anyone who performs with an acoustic guitar as a folk singer, although perhaps Tim himself was confused about this as documented on the “Tim Buckley Live At The Folklore Centre March 6 1967”.