Playlists, links, background information, commentary and more – to accompany the Podwireless internet radio show, presented by Ian A Anderson.
You can find the podcast itself on Mixcloud at mixcloud.com/frootsradio or on Podomatic at froots.podomatic.com/ – it can be downloaded from the latter.
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already done lockdown specials this year on European folk, early country blues
and West African women but this one’s from right at home. Everybody who made
the music I’m playing – from archive traditional greats to modern adventurers – lives/lived (though not necessarily was born or stayed) in
England. And a fair bit – but by no means all – of the music has English
traditional roots and influences. Anyway, I made the rules!
first track, recorded way back in 1962, is quintessentially English country
dance music. Except… it’s a polka,
which didn’t originate from here, and it’s played on melodeon and hammered
dulcimer, which came from somewhere else as well. And its title, Jenny Lind, is the name of a Swedish
opera singer. But all those things have long since become naturalised, like
lots of our culture – it’s a proper job mongrel.
programme is called No Voices because
– apart from the odd cackle – it’s entirely instrumental. I was involved in a
little concert series in London in 2016 with that title and in spite of
doubters saying nobody would want to sit through whole evenings of instrumental
music, it was a great success, a sell out, and is likely to be repeated if
concert halls ever re-open. Anyway, most of the musicians who appeared in it
are included in this programme. Light bulb moment credit for that was due to
David Agnew of Manchester Folk Festival who, earlier, mounted a double
bill of Spiro and Leveret which turned out to be one of the most exhilarating
evenings in the event.
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