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>Nick Odell <gurzhfvp...@ntlworld.com.invalid> wrote:
>Nothing wrong with Fairport Convention![1} I think it was exciting to
>be in the middle of it all when the folk melting pot was given a good
>stir in the sixties and seventies and I still tend to wander back
>through material from that era for enjoyment. True confession: the
>thing that first attracted me to Led Zeppelin was their take on
>traditional and traditional-sounding English and Welsh music and it
>didn't seem at all out of place to be at Knebworth in'79 when Fairport
>were the support act at what turned out to be Led Zep's last festival
>But I still like to be surprised by new and original takes on old and
>historic music and Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer did that and I
>still find them enjoyable to listen to. Contrast perhaps with The
>Imagined Village project which I thought was a breath of fresh air at
>the time but I find I don't often play those albums again these days.
>Which is an opportunity to vaguely connect and say I've just
>finished reading Richard Thompson's autobiography and wonder if
>anybody else has taken a look at it yet?
I just listened to Imagined Village's Empire and Love album. And it's
good - but as you said, it's a long time since I did. But 'Space Girl'
is as wonderful as ever. I often play Eliza's Red Rice albums, though,
which has some novel instrumentations of folk songs. And, critically,
a strong clear vocal.
I read the review of the RT biog, but decided not to get it.
Joe Boyd has been endlessly interviewed about Fairport and Sandy and
I felt I knew enough about it. I'm trying to read books on subjects
I dont know anything about.
I enjoyed Joe's book White Bicycles'. I learnt a lot about ISB that
had passed me by. I still play /their/ records. And not only the
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