Podcast: Folk from the UK 101
Episode #17-30 | airing 7-26-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we continue our occasional feature exploring a specific style of music. This week we explore folk music from the UK. British folk music has been widely collected and housed in the English Folk Dance and Song Society. We’ll hear from one of the foremost collectors A.L. Lloyd who along with Ralph Vaughn Williams and others transcribed and recorded traditional music making it available to all.

We’ll also listen to some revivalist groups such as The Watersons and the Copper Family and later examine the electric side of the style with Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention. We will conclude with some of the bright lights on today’s scene including Eliza Carthy and The Furrow Collective.
Folk Music from the UK 101 on the next Sing Out! Radio Magazine.

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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” (excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle /
              Smithsonian Folkways
Bert Jansch / M’Lady Fancy/ Rosemary Lane / Castle
A.L. Lloyd / Creeping Jane/ Bold Sportsmen All / Topic
Jinky Wells / The Flowers of Edinburgh-Morris Dance Tunes-Bobbing Around-
              -Morris Dance Tunes / Rig a Jig Jig / Topic
The Copper Family / Spencer the Rover/ The Copper Family of Rottingdean / Topic
Gargone’s Athlone Accordion Band / Soldier’s Joy & Reel/ Troubles They Are But Few / Topic

Ian Campbell Folk Group / Johnny Ladd / This is the Ian Campbell Folk Group / Transatlantic
Shirley Collins & Davy Graham / Nottamun Town/ Folk Routes / Topic
The Watersons / Country Life/ For Pence and Spicy Ale / Shanachie
Anne Briggs / She Moves Through the Fair/ A Collection / Topic
Bert Jansch / Sarabanda/ Rosemary Lane / Castle

The Young Tradition / The Banks of the Nile/ Galleries / BGO
Fairport Convention / Genesis Hall / Unhalfbricking / Island
Steeleye Span / Skewball / Ten Man Mop / Shanachie
The Incredible String Band / Way Back in the 1960s / The 500 Spirits or The Layers
              of the Onion / Elektra

Eliza Carthy & the Wayward Band / Great Grey Buck/ Big Machine / Topic
The Furrow Collective / King Henry / At Our Next Meeting / Furrow
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” (excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle /
              Smithsonian Folkways

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He's been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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