Martyn Bennett—the ‘techno piper’—died young of cancer. But before that his unique mix of Scottish traditional music and rave culture had taken Scots folk music by storm. Our Song of the Day, ‘Hallaig’, remembers Bennett on the anniversary of his death.
Colin Randall pays a short tribute to Melanie Safka - just Melanie to most of us - who died on Jan 23 … Back when pop singles really mattered, the B side was sometimes worth playing too. An artist could...
Les Cousins is the ‘60s folk club that shaped a generation of performers. A new compilation catches the breadth of the music from that basement in London’s Greek Street.
It’s Robert Burns’s birthday today, and depending on how you like his songs we have a Burns/ Bob Marley mash-up from Swarbs and Jason Wilson, or a more traditional version from the Scots singer Robyn Stapleton.
‘I didn’t want to be tied down’: Anne Briggs’s short career, long reputation and Beeswing connection
Anne Briggs performed for about a decade and recorded barely three hours of music. She hated being on stage and often disliked her voice. But her influence was huge. We look back at her time in music with a bit of help from Uncut magazine.
Jan 2024 update: needing to upload a replacement clip of Sandy Denny, singing in her pre-Fairport days All I Need Is You with the Strawbs, the first item up at YouTube was headed Ranking The Most Irritating Pop Songs in...