Rough Guide to English Roots Music

Rough Guide to English Roots Music

     
 

Every decade or so, it seems that English folk and roots music develops the impetus to revisit and reinvent, taking familiar elements and bending them into new shapes that have the twin appeals of familiarity and newness. Such sudden reinventions have provided listeners with the work of artists as diverse and closely linked as Ewan MacColl… See more details below

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Every decade or so, it seems that English folk and roots music develops the impetus to revisit and reinvent, taking familiar elements and bending them into new shapes that have the twin appeals of familiarity and newness. Such sudden reinventions have provided listeners with the work of artists as diverse and closely linked as Ewan MacColl, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, June Tabor, and Phillip Pickett; the music may hail from the present or from 600 years ago, and instrumentation may involved electric guitars, trap drums, concertina, and someone blasting away with a crumhorn (a combination likely to reveal the presence of Ashley Hutchings, with the Albion Band or without). The Rough Guide to English Roots Music pulls together 18 likely suspects, with an accent on the closing years of the 20th century, which means selections from Eliza Carthy & the Kings of Calicutt and Billy Bragg alongside such expected icons as Martin Carthy and the Watersons. There are some excellent choices to be found in this set, but it functions all too well as an appetizer -- indulging in this collection could lead to rash actions later, such as carting off boxes of albums of English roots artists, or purchasing one each of everything in the Topic Records back catalog; the most hopeless cases will never again be able to imagine having led a life without Ashley Hutchings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/1998
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633101829
catalogNumber:
1018

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Albion Band   Track Performer
Martin Carthy   Track Performer
John Kirkpatrick   Track Performer
Dave Swarbrick   Track Performer
June Tabor   Track Performer
Watersons   Track Performer
Billy Bragg   Track Performer
Oysterband   Track Performer
Barely Works   Track Performer
Edward II   Track Performer
Louise Fuller   Track Performer
Savourna Stevenson   Track Performer
Danny Thompson   Track Performer
Eliza Carthy   Track Performer
Waterson:Carthy   Track Performer
Rory McLeod   Track Performer
Coope, Boyes & Simpson   Track Performer
Barnaby Stradling   Electric Bass
Barley Works   Track Performer
Saul Rose   Melodeon
Hank Dogs   Track Performer
Russell Wortley   Track Performer
Harry Cox   Track Performer
Reg Hall   Track Performer
Billy Pigg   Track Performer
Mervyn Plunkett   Track Performer
Daisy Bulwer   Track Performer
Billy Cooper   Track Performer
Walter Bulwer   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Martin Carthy   Arranger
Dave Swarbrick   Arranger
Watersons   Arranger
Kings of Calicutt   Arranger
Brian Harris   Cover Image

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