Thursday, August 28, 2008

Martin Carthy

"Because It's There" 1979





















CD Notes by Martin Carthy:
In a rare waking moment, the former President of the USA, Mr Calvin Coolidge was heard to cry out to the effect that half the world's problems would be solved if only people would sit down and keep still. Nothing Rhymed is a song that was written by Gilbert O'Sullivan which is, among other things, about just that and attendant problems.

Most of the songs on this record were learnt by chance, by osmosis, or, in the case of Lord Randall, virtually by accident. May Song came from a Cynthia Gooding record which I lost 16 years ago, words stuck in my head. Swaggering Boney Nothing Rhymed and Jolly Tinker by osmosis. The Three Cripples and the Siege of Delhi from Hamish Henderson in Padstow and at Mervyn Vincent's house in St Issy on May Day a couple of years ago. The exceptions are Long John, Old John and Jackie North which is a reworking of Long Johnny Mor, full of swash and buckle, and the Death of Young Andrew, a reworking of a severely holed set of words, and both songs are to be found in F.J. Child's English and Scottish Popular Ballads.

6 Comments:

Blogger gkapageridis said...

A great folk musician in a great folk blog. The only thing to say really is one more bog thank you for all this nery loved music you keer sharing with us. We surely owe you a lot. Thanks once again.

28 August, 2008 22:33  
Anonymous Will said...

Thanks Lizardson! Can't wait to listen.

28 August, 2008 23:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful. this man is God as far as English Folk music goes anyway! He is the most intelligent, articulate advocate of the tradition without suffering from the bigotry and narrow mindedness that have stifled it's growth amongst the young. He actively encourages new approaches exemplified by his connection with the Imagined Village project.

29 August, 2008 17:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful - thanks a huge amount. I'm going to see Carthy & Swarbrick next week so this whets my appetite even more.

30 August, 2008 22:53  
Blogger Kratzersprung said...

Please Reup.

23 February, 2010 03:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A reup of this and other Carthy albums would be most appreciated; thanks.

30 January, 2011 06:28  

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