Podcast: Sandy Denny
Episode #17-05 | airing 2-01-17

Island Records has recently released a 2-CD set of acoustic demos and outtakes by Sandy Denny. Sandy passed in 1978 and this new collection is fascinating as we hear selections recorded before and after her tenures with Fairport Convention. We’ll also hear selections from her short time with The Strawbs … → read more

Podcast: For Swarb
Episode #16-25 | airing 6-22-16

We lost Dave Swarbrick on June 3rd after suffering from lung disease for many years. This week’s edition of The Sing Out! Radio Magazine is dedicated to Dave. We’ll hear Dave’s fiddling and singing in many combinations including Fairport Convention, The Ian Campbell Folk Group and with Martin Carthy. We’ll … → read more

Podcast: Dylan at 75
Episode #16-24 | airing 6-15-16

Bob Dylan celebrated his 75th birthday on May 24th. This week’s program celebrates Bob and features some great covers of his tunes and some rare recordings of Bob as artist and sideman. We’ll hear classic songs from Ian & Sylvia, John Martyn, Johnny Cash, Fairport Convention, the Byrds, The Carolina … → read more

Never Again: Redemption, Loss, & Wrecks on the Highway (Part 2)

To good and true love fear is forever fixed. — Rabelais This is the second of a two-part look at songs (“Wreck on the Highway” and “Percy’s Song”) about road crashes and their aftermath … Bad News In one of the most memorable sequences in Don’t Look Back, D. A. … → read more

Podcast: Ballads, Old and New, pt. 2
Episode #15-43 | airing 10-21-15

This week we complete our two part ballad feature with a series of selections collected by James Francis Child. Later we’ll hear a set of unaccompanied ballads from the Southern Mountains and explore a long set of English ballads in modern and traditional settings from Fairport Convention, The Young Tradition, … → read more

FAIRPORT CONVENTION: Myths and Heroes

Fairport Convention Myths and Heroes

          FAIRPORT CONVENTION Myths and Heroes Matty Grooves 053 www.fairportconvention.com   Wow! Forty eight years and still going! Fairport Convention is now an institution in their native England; they host an annual festival which attracts around twenty thousand fans to a field in Oxfordshire. They’ve toured … → read more

Matty Groves / Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard

 Allegory of Love  (panel one) – Infidelity by Paolo Veronese, ca. 1570 This is Part 1 of a three part series.  See also Part 2, and Part 3. This week we go back to Britain, to the old ballads.  Yes, it’s one of *those* songs;  “Jerry Springer meets Days of Our Lives” in merry … → read more