British folk music, and English folk music in particular, is in fantastically rude health in the 21st century. It’s a rambling old house with many floors and many tenants, no landlords, and the garden is lovely. The outhouse shakes to the sound of a busted flush, and then it’s turned into some handy rhythmic instrument to stamp the passing of time.
Here’s a link to a great new album for 2017, however shit 2016 has been, and however challenging the year to come, Eliza Carthy and her 12-strong Wayward Band will kick out the jams, Mancunian broadside balladry stylee…
Down below you will find a link to today’s review of Big Machine (Topic) on The Arts Desk.
Enjoy, and for no special reason, here’s a picture of a dog,
a dog at an invislble hearth,
which all great songs require
if you want to feel the fire in the belly