Voice of Folk

Voice of Folk

     
 
A virtual who's who of Brit-folk from the revival of the late '50s, led by Ewan MacColl (represented here by "Four Loom Weaver") to a young generation coming into its own, spearheaded by Eliza Carthy, who appears both as a solo artist and as part of Waterson:Carthy, whose

Overview

A virtual who's who of Brit-folk from the revival of the late '50s, led by Ewan MacColl (represented here by "Four Loom Weaver") to a young generation coming into its own, spearheaded by Eliza Carthy, who appears both as a solo artist and as part of Waterson:Carthy, whose "When I First Came to Caledonia" makes for a wonderful opening. Even Richard Thompson -- not strictly a folkie for many years, but still influenced by traditional music -- puts in an appearance, as does the sublime Nic Jones, whose career was curtailed in 1982 by a car crash. Scotland has the Battlefield Band and Dick Gaughan, while Ireland's Four Men & a Dog stand up for the Emerald Isle. The emphasis, however, is firmly on English music, which is understandable since that forms the backbone of the Topic catalog. It's a pleasure to hear the lilting tones of Shirley Collins, surely one of folk's most underrated vocalists, alongside June Tabor and Maddy Prior -- in fact, the only female folk singer of note not included is Anne Briggs. But it could hardly be an English folk album without the presence of Martin Carthy, the man who's symbolized the genre over recent years; not only is he here solo, but also as part of the family unit Waterson:Carthy and the adventurous Brass Monkey. Some great songs, performed beautifully, and an excellent introduction to a style that deserves to be more widely heard.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/1996
Label:
Topic Records
UPC:
0714822070522
catalogNumber:
705

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Albion Band   Track Performer
Battlefield Band   Track Performer
Martin Carthy   Track Performer
Shirley Collins   Track Performer
Dick Gaughan   Track Performer
John Kirkpatrick   Track Performer
Ewan MacColl   Track Performer
Maddy Prior   Track Performer
June Tabor   Track Performer
Richard Thompson   Track Performer
Brass Monkey   Track Performer
Four Men & A Dog   Track Performer
Kevin Doherty   Track Performer
Eliza Carthy   Track Performer
Norma Waterson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Albion Band   Contributor
Battlefield Band   Contributor
Martin Carthy   Contributor
Shirley Collins   Contributor
Dick Gaughan   Contributor
Nic Jones   Contributor
John Kirkpatrick   Contributor
Ewan MacColl   Contributor
Maddy Prior   Contributor
June Tabor   Contributor
Brass Monkey   Contributor
Four Men & A Dog   Contributor
Eliza Carthy   Contributor
Norma Waterson   Contributor
John Haxby   Digital Art
David Suff   Cover Montage

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