Review for Folking.com: The Company of Players

Another of my reviews for Folking.com. This time of a rather nice CD by Company of Players, an assemblage of young folkies from Said The Maiden, amongst others, who’ve put together a CD called Shakespeare Songs. Which isn’t quite what you might have expected: even if you hate Shakespeare, you may well like this. I do, anyway: very much!

THE COMPANY OF PLAYERS – SHAKESPEARE SONGS (OWN LABEL)

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CD Review – The Stoned Cherries

Another review for Folking.com: THE STONED CHERRIES – Baked In A Pie (own label)

David Harley

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CD Review for Folking.com

ASSEMBLY LANE – Northbound (own label ALCD01)

Traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic, plus three self-written instrumentals and another by Bill Monroe. Mandolin, guitar, fiddle and double bass, with a decidedly bluegrass feel from a band based in Newcastle.

David Harley

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Jim Causley, Charles Causley, and the Song House Ludlow

Last night I caught up with our recording of Cornwall’s Native Poet: Charles Causley, screened a little while ago on BBC4.  It’s actually a cut-down (60 minutes) version of a 90-minute film produced by Jane Darke, and my wife recorded it for me, knowing of my long-standing interest in Causley’s verse. (No, it isn’t only Housman’s verse I read…)

I wasn’t aware of Jim Causley until I moved here to Cornwall, and learned that apart from being a highly-rated interpreter of traditional songs, he had set some of Charles Causley’s verse to music. So for me, one of the highlights of the documentary was hearing Jim’s musical settings: it turns out he is indeed a really good singer (and a sympathetic setter of other people’s words to music as well as his own). So now I need to get to one of his live performances.

Since I don’t live in Ludlow any more, it’s unlikely that I’ll get to his appearance at The Song House at the Blue Boar on December 15th 2017, but if you’re in the area, I recommend that you give him a try.

Meanwhile, I have his CD Cyprus Well on order. 🙂 And if you want to check out the documentary, it’s available on iPlayer until 31st October 2017.

David Harley

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CD Review: Ghalia & Mama’s Boys

GHALIA & MAMA’S BOYS – Let The Demons Out (Ruf Records RUF 1250) – Chicago-ish urban blues with a rather good Belgian singer/songwriter. Rather nicely done.

David Harley

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CD Review: Shankara Andy Bole

Another of my reviews for Folking.com, this time Shankara Andy Bole’s fascinating bouzouki album.

SHANKARA ANDY BOLE – Rainbow Crow (Left Leg Records LL2017)

David Harley

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CD Review – Davy Graham CD reissue

A review for Folking.com of the reissue of a very important album: Davy Graham’s Folk, Blues & Beyond.

David Harley

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