Fall Flashback Folk Friday: Shelagh McDonald

The British Folk Revival of the 1960’s and 1970’s is rich with enigmatic artists that had either gone completely unnoticed during their lifetime or had simply vanished after gaining a small following and releasing a few albums. Artists whose shadowy histories have become just as important to their legend as their music is. Shelagh McDonaldContinue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Friday: Shelagh McDonald”

Fall Flashback Folk Friday: Oberon- A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.” -William Shakespear, A Midsummer’s Night Dream   Combining the eclectic and imaginative aspects of The Incredible String Band with the early music approach found on many of JohnContinue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Friday: Oberon- A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: The Moths

Beyond maybe Oriental Sunshine and Magic Carpet, The Moths possibly produced the mellowest of all of the ‘60s/’70s psychedelic folk records. Comprised of five Hull University students, The Moths (who’re also sometimes referred to as just ‘Moths’) developed a small local following with their warmly relaxed bucolic sound. The band’s style is somewhat reminiscent ofContinue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: The Moths”

Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Steve Ashley- Stroll On

This one’s been a favorite of mine for a long time but its relative obscurity has always bewildered me. Steve Ashley is today known for being a fine British singer-songwriter in his own right as well as being a former member of The Albion Country Band and Ragged Robin. Although not released until 1974, Ashley’sContinue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Steve Ashley- Stroll On”

Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Sweeney’s Men

Sweeney’s Men were an Irish folk group that got their start as a trio in the mid-1960’s playing a mix of traditional Irish, American and Scottish folk songs. The group throughout its various line-up changes included Andy Irvine (later of Planxty and Mozaik), Terry Woods (later of Steeleye Span and The Pogues), Johhny Moynihan (alsoContinue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Sweeney’s Men”

Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Jade- Fly on Strangewings

Every autumn, when the nights start to get longer, the air begins to cool and all of the leaves start to change colors, I get an insatiable craving for folk music, but specifically English and psychedelic/acid folk and folk rock. I’m not entirely sure why I prefer this particular sound at this time of year,Continue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Jade- Fly on Strangewings”

The Warp/The Weft- Mapping an Absence [Acid Folk/Folk Rock]

The Warp/The Weft- Mapping an Absence Sounding as haunting, rustic and feral as an abandoned cemetery swallowed by trees and weeds, The Warp/The Weft’s Mapping an Absence is an excellent example of acid folk’s ever continuing influence. Hailing from Poughkeepsie, New York, The Warp/The Weft infuse their music with the cold, isolation and haunting qualitiesContinue reading “The Warp/The Weft- Mapping an Absence [Acid Folk/Folk Rock]”

Six Organs of Admittance – Somewhere Between Her Shoulder and God

Six Organs of Admittance Somewhere Between Her Shoulder and God (2000) Warm Freedom of The Tongue 7″ Trying to describe Six Organs of Admittance, or its founding member, Ben Chasny, is like trying to pinpoint what exact color the film of an oil slick is. A look into Chasny’s extensive discography reveals a vast arrayContinue reading “Six Organs of Admittance – Somewhere Between Her Shoulder and God”