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January 2015

Song of the Day Revisited: Adam Holmes - Monday Morning



Salut! Live is off on holiday to Cuba. This will be the last Song of the Day for a while and it comes, again, from my great friend, fellow Sunderland supporter and folk enthusiast Pete Sixsmith. His latest choice, from the work of Adam Holmes and the Embers, may be something new for you; it was certainly new to me. Pete says the album it comes from is simply wonderful. Tell us whether you agree ...


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Song of the Day Revisited: Tim Hart and Maddy Prior - Dancing at Whitsun


Colin Randall writes:
Back in 2008, I shared this recollection of my first encounter with Maddy Prior and Tim Hart.



The folk club was not due to open for an hour or more. It was so early that I could not imagine anyone else being there before me. As I wandered, pint in hand, into the small downstairs room of the Golden Cock in Darlington, a young woman was sitting there reading a book. She had a right to be feeling quite cross, but showed no trace of anger. Maddy Prior had been exiled to the snug because the main bar was still, in those far-off days, the preserve of men.
Tim Hart, with whom Maddy then performed as a pre-Steeleye Span duo (complete with bursts of Lancashire clog dancing), was in that bar, possibly playing darts.

Maddy's new solo album Seven For Old England somehow reminded me of that evening at the Darlington Folk Workshop. She has made a huge amount of music in the intervening years, but this seems to convey her back to a less cluttered musical age.

And this is how Pete Sixsmith remembers them, in a splendid and original entry in the Song of the Day Revisited series ...

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Song of the Day Revisited: Tom Paxton ... Leaving London


UPDATED: well not really, just reposted on a day - a variation of 9/11 as someone else put it - when I'd rather put negative thoughts on the USA to one side and dwell on how much good comes from that country, too. While trying to give this post a little boost on Twitter, I came across this (from another Tom Paxton, I'm relieved to say, though fair play to him for 'liking' my tweet saying as much) ...

Happy New Year to all readers. You are part of a small but select band. I recently befriended Tom Paxton at Facebook when I came across him by chance and he quickly added me as a "friend", too, after we'd exchanged brief messages. I love this man's work - read on and you'll learn of someone else's failure to find a solitary bad song he's written - and his heart has always seemed in the right place. So the Song of the Day Revisited series makes its 2015 debut with Tom singing one of the songs that I especially liked. Here is how I introduced it for the original 2011 series ...

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