31 March 2020

Podwireless 212 April 2020


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1. (Sig) English Country Blues Band : The Italian Job from the CD Unruly (Weekend Beatnik) ghostsfromthebasement.bandcamp.com

2. Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom : Rise Up Alexa from the CD Never Work (BB*Island) bbislandmusic.com/shop/

3. June Tabor & Oyster Band : False True Love from the CD Fire & Fleet (Running Man) oysterband.co.uk

4. Myrkur : Fager Som En Ros from the CD Folkesange (Relapse) myrkur.bandcamp.com

5. Trad.Attack! : Miks Te Ei Laula? from the CD Make Your Move (Made In Baltics) tradattack.ee

6. Farafi : Sembere from the CD Calico Soul (Piranha) piranha.de

7. Kadialy Kouyate : Fondinke from the CD Nemo (Kadialy Kouyate) kouyatekadialy.com

8. The Unthanks : Griesly Bride from the CD Diversions Vol. 5 Live And Unaccompanied (Rabble Rouser) the-unthanks.com

9. Rainy Day Woman : Shelter from the CD Home (Rainy Day Woman) facebook.com/rainydaywoman1

10. Diana Collier : Ode To Riddley Walker from the CD Ode To Riddley Walker (Rif Mountain) rifmountain.com

11. Andrew Cronshaw : Cuir A Chion Dìlis Tharam Do Lamh (True Love Put Thine Arms Around Me) from the CD Zithers (Cloud Valley) andrewcronshaw.bandcamp.com

12. Rebecca Foon : Pour from the CD Waxing Moon (Constellation) cstrecords.com

13. Fra Fra : Naked from the CD Funeral Songs (Glitterbeat) http://www.glitterbeat.com

14. Jola : Ulad L Ghaba (The Children Of The Forest) from the CD Hidden Gnawa Music In Brussels (Muziekpublique) muziekpublique.be

15. Aunt Molly Jackson : Roll On Buddy from the CD Songs Of Hard Times: Up, Over & Through (Alan Lomax Archive) alanlomaxarchive.bandcamp.com

16. The John Dummer Blues Band : Skin Game from the CD Crawling Up A Hill (Grapefruit/ Cherry Red) cherryred.co.uk

17. Matilde Politi feat. Gabriele Politi : Nta Viddi E Vaddi from the CD Viva Santa Liberata (Felmay) felmay.it

18. Maruja Limón : Rosario Dinamitera from the CD Ante Mí (Kasba Music) somosmarujalimon.com

19. Melingo : El Sueño Del Éxodo from the CD Oasis (Buda) budamusique.com

20. Junglelyd : Boots from the CD Junglelyd (Sounds Of Subterrania!) soundsofsubterrania.com

21. Andreas Tophøj, Rune Barslund : Dronningholmvejs Trippevals from the CD Trails & Traces (Go' Danish Folk Music) gofolk.dk

22. Paul Hutchinson : Roodulum from the CD The Maniacs (Paul Hutchinson) paulhutchinsonmusic.co.uk

23. Ewelina Grygier : Szplin (Zimowy Dzik Jig / Ton Simple Plinn) from the CD Szplin (CM) ewelinagrygier.art.pl

24. Nancy Wallace : She Dreams Of Maps from the CD Weirdshire 3 – A Cure Of Souls (Sproatly Smith) sproatlysmith.bandcamp.com

25. Brigid Mae Power : The Blacksmith from the CD Head Above The Water (Fire) firerecords.com

26. Peter Knight's Gigspanner Big Band : Awake, Awake from the CD Natural Invention (Gigspanner) gigspanner.com

27. Veronica Doubleday & John Baily : Asheq-e Manam Leili from the CD Silken Threads (Sempre) Email j.baily@gold.ac.uk

28. Matthieu Saglio with Bijan Chemirani : L'appel Du Muezzin from the CD El Camino De Los Vientos (ACT) actmusic.com

29. Manhu : Moon from the CD Voices Of The Sani (Riverboat) worldmusic.net

30. Guo Can, Zoumana Tereta, Richard Bourreau : Sinzani Fama from the CD Saba Sounds (Felmay) felmay.it

31. Jack Sharp : God Dog from the CD Good Times Older (From Here) fromhererecords.com

32. Sam Carter : Fly The Flag from the CD Home Waters (Captain) samcartermusic.co.uk

33. Brian McNeill : John Harrison's Hands from the CD No Silence (Greentrax) greentrax.com

34. Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela : Coconut Jam from the CD Rejoice (World Circuit) shop.worldcircuit.co.uk

35. Santrofi : Konongo Kaya from the CD Alewa (OutHere) outhere.de

36. Damily : Zaho Va from the CD Early Years: Madagascar Cassette Archives (Bongo Joe) bongojoe.ch

37. Will Pound : Scottish a Virmoux/ SBrando from the CD A Day Will Come (Will Pound) willpound.com

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29 March 2020

It's A Good Thing! – Podwireless Country Blues Classics


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If you’re a gnarly old blues mouldye fygge you’ll know and love all this music anyway (though you might enjoy having this couple of hours strung together to save you doing the shelf work). This isn’t really for you though. It started as a cassette (!) compilation that I put together back in the last century when I realised that this music was falling off the radar of some younger friends, especially those going to UK folk clubs where country blues which had been a major element in the 1960s had virtually vanished off the radar. Then about a decade back I reassembled it all for a couple of CDRs to keep in the car.

So what is this that you’ll hear through the surface noise of ancient scratchy 78rpm records? It’s folk music but it’s also pop music, often dance music (artists like Charlie Patton could reputedly entertain dancing revellers all night, without amplification), mostly made for the African-American population in the southern USA between the mid 1920s and the onset of WWII – with the greatest concentration in the few years from 1927 to ’30 when the Great Depression slowed the fledgling recording industry. These were commercial records – often released on what were classified as ‘Race Records’ – of a newly emerged art form. Some of them were by older artists like Henry Thomas or Frank Stokes (sometimes classed as ‘songsters’) whose core repertoire harked back to earlier days in the previous century.

It’s mostly played on guitars, mostly by men (with the exception of Memphis Minnie, Lottie Kimbrough and Geeshie Wiley here), mostly by black men (other than Dock Boggs, Dick Justice and Frank Hutchison here) and it’s also music of the first generation who could be influenced by records and the radio as well as hearing other musicians in person. It’s the roots of later artists like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, who in turn became the inspiration for even later white ones like The Rolling Stones, Cream and ever onwards. It’s the deep roots of much rock music of the later 20th century and onwards.

On a personal note, you’ll hear loads here that profoundly influenced English folk club musicians of the 1960s generation – not just us blues boomers like myself, Jo Ann Kelly, Dave Kelly, Mike Cooper and all, but everybody through Davy Graham, Wizz Jones, John Renbourn and on to the people who created the classic English folk guitar styles like Martin Carthy (who always credits Big Bill Broonzy as a major influence on his thumb work). We were really lucky that quite a few of the original artists like Son House, Skip James, Bukka White, Big Joe Williams, Sleepy John Estes and more were still alive and came to the UK on tour so we could – sometimes literally – sit at their feet.

If you know my own repertoire down the years, you’ll hear lots of tunes, riffs, lines and verses, slapped strings, syncopation, foot pounding and bottleneck ideas that have entered my music by osmosis, even though the songs are no longer country blues in form and my accent stopped being a bad attempt at a southern US one way back in the early 1970s (full credit to our national folk treasure Shirley Collins for inspiring that change). “Cultural appropriation” hadn’t been invented as a Bad Thing back then: we just absorbed things which we heard, loved and struck a (loud, often open G!) chord.

Here’s hoping this opens a few more ears and is a tiny blow against the 21st English folk music tendency towards twee!

And yes, it’s alphabetical. For some strange cosmic reason, it works!

1. Garfield Akers : Cottonfield Blues, Pt. 1 (1929)

2. Texas Alexander : Work Ox Blues (1928)

3. Kid Bailey : Rowdy Blues (1929)

4. Blind Blake : Georgia Bound (1929)

5. Barbecue Bob : Going Up The Country (1928)

6. Dock Boggs : Down South Blues (1927)

7. Big Bill Broonzy : Long Tall Mama (1932)

8. Willie Brown : Future Blues (1930)

9. Sleepy John Estes : Everybody Oughta Make A Change (1939)

10. Blind Boy Fuller : Lost Lover Blues (1940)

11. Bobby Grant : Nappy Head Blues (1928)

12. William Harris : Bullfrog Blues (1928)

13. Son House : My Black Mama, Part 1 (1930)

14. Peg Leg Howell : Skin Game Blues (1928)

15. Mississippi John Hurt : Spike Driver's Blues (1928)

16. Frank Hutchinson : Worried Blues (1926)

17. Skip James : Devil Got My Woman (1931)

18. Blind Lemon Jefferson : That Crawlin' Baby Blues (1929)

19. Robert Johnson : Terraplane Blues (1936)

20. Tommy Johnson : Big Road Blues (1928)

21. Blind Willie Johnson : It's Nobody's Fault But Mine (1927)

22. Little Hat Jones : Bye Bye Baby Blues (1930)

23. Dick Justice : Old Black Dog (1930)

24. Lottie Kimborough : Rolling Log Blues (1928)

25. Robert Lockwood Jr : Little Boy Blue (1941)

26. Tommy McClennan : Whiskey Head Woman (1939)

27. Blind Willie McTell : Searching The Desert For The Blues (1932)

28. Memphis Minnie : Nothing In Rambling (1940)

29. William Moore : Old Country Rock (1929)

30. Hambone Willie Newburn : Roll And Tumble Blues (1929)

31. Charley Patton : It Won't Be Long (1929)

32. Frank Stokes : It's A Good Thing (1929)

33. Johnnie Temple : New Louise Louise Blues (1937)

34. Henry Thomas : Don't Leave Me Here (1929)

35. Willie Walker : South Carolina Rag (1931)

36. Bukka White : Bukka's Jitterbug Swing (1940)

37. Geeshie Wiley : Last Kind Words Blues (1930)

38. Robert Wilkins : That's No Way To Get Along (1930)

39. Big Joe Williams : Baby Please Don't Go (1941)

40. Oscar Woods : Lone Wolf Blues (1936)

Many of these tracks are available in different combinations on multiple re-issue compilation CDs: check the catalogues of labels like Document, Yazoo, World Music Network, Indigo, Catfish.

Particular thanks to the Origin Jazz Library re-issue LPs of the early 1960s which, after the legendary Folkways Harry Smith anthology, opened the ears of my generation to all this music. Really! The Country Blues.

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29 February 2020

Podwireless 211 March 2020


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1. (Sig) English Country Blues Band : The Italian Job from the CD Unruly (Weekend Beatnik) ghostsfromthebasement.bandcamp.com

2. Salt House : Lord Ullin's Daughter from the CD Huam (Hudson) salthousemusic.com

3. Lucy Farrell & Andrew Waite : Sleep from the CD Calm The Lions (Lucy Farrell & Andrew Waite) lucyfarrellmusic.com

4. Ian Carr : On A Wet Day from the CD I Like Your Taste In Music (Reveal) iancarrguitar.com

5. Dzÿambo Agusÿevi Orchestra : Shukri Dvojka from the CD Brasses For The Masses (Asphalt Tango) asphalt-tango.de

6. Maria Mazzotta : Rosa Canta e Cunta from the CD Amoreamaro (Agualoca) facebook.com/agualocarecords

7. Siti & The Band : Ashiki Baya from the CD Fusing The Roots (Siti & The Band) sitiandtheband.com/

8. Rattle On The Stovepipe : Boat's Up The River from the CD Through The Woods (Wild Goose) wildgoose.co.uk

9. The Horsenecks : Hold The Woodpile Down from the CD Fiddlehead (Horsenecks) horsenecks.net

10. Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood : Don't Wash Me Away from the CD In Flight (Dragonfly Bridge Music) wendyburchsteel.com

11. Iyatra Quartet : Maria from the CD Break The Dawn (Iyatra Quartet) iyatraquartet.com

12. Jessica Deutsch & Ozere : Aleinu from the CD Traces (Jessica Deutsch) jessicadeutsch.com

13. Siobhan Miller : May Morning Dew from the CD All Is Not Forgotten (Songprint) siobhanmiller.com

14. Aoife Scott : Building Up And Tearing England Down from the CD Homebird (Wendy Pops) aoifescott.com

15. Alden Patterson & Dashwood : Seven Years from the CD Waterbound (Alden Patterson & Dashwood) aldenpattersonanddashwood.com

16. Danyel Waro : Dédé from the CD Tinn Tout (Cobalt/ Buda) labelcobalt.com

17. Ibrahima Cissokho & Mandingue Foly : Nadyala from the CD Liberté (Narrator) ibrahima-cissokho.com

18. James Elkington : Moon Tempering from the CD Ever-Roving Eye (Paradise Of Bachelors) paradiseofbachelors.com

19. Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow : Hard Times Of Old England from the CD Pill Pilots (Big Badger) kitandaaron.com

20. Bragr : Trall/Kong Humble from the CD Live At Engelsholm Castle (Go' Danish Folk Music) gofolk.de

21. Tuulikki Bartosik : Torm Veeklaasis from the CD Torm Veeklaasis / Tempest In A Teapot (Nordic Notes) nordic-notes.de

22. Georgia Ruth : In Bloom from the CD Mai (Bubblewrap Collective) georgiaruthmusic.co.uk

23. Sairie : Scarlet And Blue from the CD Scarlet And Blue EP (Music Primary) sairie.bandcamp.com

24. Rowan Godel : All That I Want from the CD Where The Wild Horses Roam (Rowan Godel) rowangodel.co.uk

25. Jim Eldon & Mossy Christian : Black Jack from the CD Fiddle Duets (One Row) jimeldonmossychristian.bandcamp.com

26. Banter : Winster Galop/ Dark Girl Dressed In Blue from the CD Community Dances: Music For Social Dancing (EFDSS) efdss.org

27. Sultans Of String feat. Ifrah Mansour : I Am A Refugee from the CD Refuge (Sultans Of String) sultansofstring.com

28. Orkesta Mendoza feat. Amparo Sanchez : Boogaloo Arizona from the CD Curandero (Glitterbeat) glitterbeat.com

29. Andrea Capezzuoli : Di Fronte All'oceano from the CD Intrecci (Rox) andreacapezzuoli.com

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14 February 2020

Podwireless Euro Valentine Parts 1 & 2

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PLAYLINK: Podwireless Euro-Valentine Part 2

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14th February 2020: We may have been forced to leave the European Union a few weeks ago, but many of us will continue to regret that and hope that one day we’ll come together again. Over the past 25+ years, I compiled a series of 70+ free albums for the readers of fRoots magazine (RIP) to showcase the best new roots music out there. Hundreds of great tracks from around mainland Europe were included amongst all the other music from here and the rest of the planet, and from them I’ve made a continent and decades-spanning selection of favourites – 57 tracks from 24 countries, 4 hours of amazing music split into two parts. They’re among the reasons to still feel part of Europe and hold it in our hearts. Love thy neighbours! Love their music!

Playlist Part 1

1. Laïs : 't Smidje from fRoots 13 (Belgium) 1999 Website

2. Nidi D'Arac : Ahi Tamburieddhu from fRoots 36 (Italy) 2011 Website

3. Martha Mavroidi : Ballada from fRoots 36 (Greece) 2011 Website

4. Rim : Yrsnö from fRoots 57 (Sweden/ Norway) 2015 Website

5. Meïkhåneh : Eszmèlet from fRoots 66 (France) 2017 Website

6. Aynur Dogan : Pervane from fRoots 24 (Turkey) 2004 Website

7. Gordana Evacic : Ja Sem Si Lice Oprala/ Sneha from fRoots 35 (Croatia) 2010 Website

8. Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis : Mes Tou Aigaiou Ta Nera from fRoots 36 (Greece) 2011 Website

9. Astrakan Project : Twist En-dro from fRoots 45 (France) 2013 Website

10. Kepa Junkera & Sorginak : Trikitilariak Gera from fRoots 53 (Spain) 2015 Website

11. Ragnhild Furebotten : Jag Kan Inte Fela from fRoots 40 (Norway) 2012 Link

12. Tegie Chlopy : Spiwa Rodowita from fRoots 58 (Poland) 2016 Website

13. Lula Pena : Pesadelo Da História from fRoots 63 (Portugal) 2017 Website

14. Ássu : Vulles Heaika from fRoots 73 (Finland/Norway) 2019 Label website

15. Marilis Orianaa : Baram De Lua from fRoots 09 (France) 1997 Facebook

16. Apsilies : Giati Na Me Yelaseis from fRoots 38 (Greece) 2011 Bandcamp

17. Gjallarhorn : Konungen Och Trollkvinnan from fRoots 11 (Finland/ Sweden) 1998 Facebook

18. Romica Puceanu & Ensemble : Vantule, Bataia Ta from fRoots 13 (Romania) 1999

19. Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp : Slide from fRoots 50 (Switzerland/ Various) 2014 Website

20. Calic : Cap-Caldaru from fRoots 11 (Italy) 1998 Label website

21. Ambrozijn : Le Cypres from fRoots 23 (Belgium) 2004 Label shop

22. Torupilli Jussi Trio : Torupilli Jussi Lugu Nr 21 from fRoots 53 (Estonia) 2015 Website

23. Moussu T E Lei Jovents : Lo Gabian from fRoots 25 (France) 2005 Website

24. Damir Imamovic's Sevdah Takht : Lijepi Meho from fRoots 59 (Bosnia) 2016 Website

25. Saz'iso : Penxheren‘ E Zotris‘ Sate from fRoots 66 (Albania) 2017 Label website

26. Mercedes Peón : Aiché from fRoots 29 (Spain) 2007 Website

27. Anna Cinzia Villani : Farnaru Farnareddhru from fRoots 40 (Italy) 2012 Website

28. Amparanoia : La Fiesta from fRoots 23 (Spain) 2004 Website

Playlist Part 2

1. Think Of One : Ni Na from fRoots 22 (Belgium) 2003

2. Kries : Zelena Lipa from fRoots 66 (Croatia) 2017 Website

3. Phønix : Gaerdet from fRoots 31 (Denmark) 2008 Website

4. Amira feat. Bojan Z : Oj Ti Momce Ohrigjance from fRoots 37 (Bosnia) 2011 Website

5. Chlopcy Kontra Basia : Wieczerza from fRoots 46 (Poland) 2013 Label website

6. Päre : Attastjillingspolskan / Polska Från Lappfjärd from fRoots 59 (Finland) 2016 Facebook

7. Susana Seivane : Fonsagrada from fRoots 14 (Spain) 1999 Website

8. Celina Da Piedade : Calimero e a Pêra Verde from fRoots 43 (Portugal) 2013 Website

9. Elena Ledda : Incanti from fRoots 22 (Italy - Sardinia) 2003 Facebook

10. Dimitris Mystakidis ft. Eleni Vitali : Tampakera from fRoots 57 (Greece) 2015 Website

11. Marinah : Saca La Luz from fRoots 65 (Spain) 2017 Website

12. Cocanha : Lo Companhon De l'Avairon from fRoots 66 (France) 2017 Website

13. Özlem Taner : Basina Döndügüm from fRoots 30 (Turkey) 2007 Facebook

14. Folk' Avant : Infall from fRoots 66 (Sweden/ Finland) 2017 Website

15. Haig Yazdjian : Gago-Mare from fRoots 18 (Armenia/ Greece) 2001 Website

16. Jaune Toujours : Aire De Rien from fRoots 23 (Belgium) 2004 Website

17. Karl Skaarup : Mellem Kagel Og Æ Væg from fRoots 34 (Denmark) 2009 Label shop

18. Monsieur Doumani : Fallow Fields from fRoots 68 (Cyprus) 2018 Website

19. Trio DCA : Polka à Alfred Mouret from fRoots 22 (France) 2003

20. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino : Nu Te Fermare from fRoots 41 (Italy) 2012 Website

21. Maarja Nuut : Veere, Veere Paevakene from fRoots 44 (Estonia) 2013 Website

22. Päivi Hirvonen : Väinöläinen from fRoots 69 (Finland) 2018 Website

23. Muzicka : Ves Ti Zajdu from fRoots 55 (Slovakia) 2015 Website

24. Félix Lajko : Cipök/Shoes from fRoots 47 (Hungary/ Serbia) 2013 Website

25. Kelly Thoma : Hamsi from fRoots 54 (Greece) 2015 Website

26. Flo : Vergine Di Fine Agosto from fRoots 70 (Italy) 2018 Website

27. Mara Aranda & Solatge : Romanç De La Porquerola from fRoots 33 (Spain) 2009 Website

28. La Talvera : La Drolla d'Avairon from fRoots 21 (France) 2003 Website

29. Hundsbuam : Hoizhakka Pogo from fRoots 07 (Germany) 1996   

I’ve hunted for the most recent web links to the artists or their labels but in just a few cases of older tracks their presence seems to have vanished off the web.

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Oh, and PS: if you're missing back issues of fRoots magazine that often had features on European artists including many of the above – plus free download albums in many cases, you can buy them here.