61-track, 4-CD set explores the experimental side of the British folk scene, from the folk-rock era to the present.
Includes new and unreleased recordings from Imagined Village (the first new
music from the band in 9 years, with vocals from Eliza Carthy), Justin Adams, and Stick In The Wheel, unreleased songs from Maddy Prior and Lavinia Blackwall, and rare demos from Sandy Denny and Richard and Linda Thompson. The remarkable cast also includes everyone from Shirley Collins and Fairport Convention to Billy Bragg, June Tabor and Oysterband, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Olivia Chaney, Spiro, Lau, Jon Boden, Martyn Bennet, Capercaillie, Stick In The Wheel, Sam Lee, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Yorkston Thorne Khan and many more.
Compiled by writer and broadcaster Robin Denselow, who also wrote the 24-page sleeve notes, the boxset is released to coincide with publication of the book of the same title (on Omnibus) - which is an updated version of the celebrated story of the folk-rock era The Electric Muse, first published in 1975. This boxset brings together an extraordinary cast of great musicians for the first time, and tells the story of how British traditional music has been re-worked with influences not just from rock but from punk, rap, electronica, big band brass, and sounds and styles from around the world.
“You can’t hurt this stuff by messing with it” - Martin Carthy.
CD 1: Sweet Greens And Blues 1964 (Home Recording) - Shirley Collins And Davy Graham / Sweet Greens And Blues 1964 (Home Recording) - Shirley Collins And Davy Graham / Gilderoy - Shirley And Dolly Collins / Crowlink - Shirley Collins / St Patrick Spens 1989 (Live) - Fairport Convention / The Festival Bell - Fairport Convention / The World Is A Wonderful Place (Demo) - Richard And Linda Thompson / Who Knows Where The Time Goes’?’ (Solo Home Demo) - Sandy Denny / The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood - Imagined Village (Vocals Eliza Carthy) / A Sailor’s Life - Lavinia Blackwall / John The Gun - Maddy Prior / Dark Morris Song - Steeleye Span / Harvest - Steeleye Span / What Do You Do In The Day’?’ - John Kirkpatrick / I Got New Shoes - Albion Dance Band / My Dearest / To Ireland I Made My Way - Ashley Hutchings / She Moved Through The Fair - Justin Adams
CD 2: The Ship In Distress - Andrew Cronshaw / The Maid And The Palmer -
Brass Monkey / Alright Jack - Home Service / I Am The Common Man - Battle-
field Band / Between The Wars - Billy Bragg / Hal-An-Tow - Oysterband / Susie Clelland - June Tabor And The Oyster Band / The Recruiting Sergeant - The
Levellers / Plough The Speed - Edward II / Inexile - Capercaillie / Greenwood
Laddie/Mrs Caprons Reel/Tune - Eliza Carthy / Worcester City - Eliza Carthy /
Ale House - Martyn Bennett / Early One Morning - Jim Moray / Lucy Wan - Jim
Moray / England, Half English - Billy Bragg And The Blokes
CD 3: Cold Haily Rainy Night - Imagined Village / My Son John - Imagined Village / Four Loom Weaver - Ian King / Bonnie Bunch Of Roses - June Tabor
& Oysterband / I’ll Show You Wonders - June Tabor And Oysterband / Saint
Monday - Lau / Les Bras De Mer - Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita / Send Her To Holloway - The Rails / Far In Distant Lands - False Lights / A Gay Goshawk - Carole Pegg & Radik Tulush / Believing Is Seeing - Rab Noakes / False Bride - Olivia Chaney / Willie O’Winsbury - Offa Rex / House On A Hill - Olivia Chaney
CD 4: Searching For Lambs - Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band / You Know
Me - Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band / The Copper Suite - Spiro / Sweet
Thames Flow Softly - Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings / Sacred Earth - Sharon
Shannon / Hichki - Shooglenifty & Dhun Dhora / The Shearing’s Not For You
- Yorkston Thorne Khan / The Water Is Wide - Lizabett Russo / Bristol Slaver
- Show Of Hands / Rigs Of The Time - Lunatraktors / Villon Song - Stick In The
Wheel / Top Knot - Stick In The Wheel / 100,000 Years/ Brisk Lad - Stick In The
Wheel / Spencer The Rover - Sam Lee / The Tan Yard Side - Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp
And The Nightingale
A great cross section of music charting the development of Folk music. Really good for it not to all be the best known artists and songs. Highly recommended.