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Cover Story: (64) Here's the Tender Coming. Mighty Doonans, Unthanks, Dave Burland or Frankie Armstrong

Reposted: April 2024. On a whim I have said often enough that the Cover Story series is not intended primarily as a competition but aims to alert readers to different treatments of the same songs and instrumentals. Inevitably, however, whether... Read more →


Cover Story (74): What You Do With What You’ve Got

Si Kahn’s song What You Do With What You’ve Got is on it’s way to becoming a folk standard. The performers who have covered it include Roy Bailey, Dick Gaughan, The Magpie Arc, Eddi Reader, Siobhan Miller, and several others. But which is the best? Read on. Read more →


Who Knows Where the Time Goes - or where it went? Celebrating Sandy Denny's birthday

January 6 2024: had she lived, Sandy Denny would today have been celebrating her 77th birthday, writes Colin Randall. It feels appropriate to mark her birthday once again. I have also posted an article at my new Substack pages. Don't... Read more →


Cover Story (73): January Man

Dave Goulder’s January Man has been covered by enough artists to be considered a modern folk classic. But which version is best? We’re calling this for Christy Moore, but you might disagree. Read more →


Cover Story (32): Fairytale of New York. The Pogues but also O'Hooley & Tidow and now Eliza Carthy & Jon Boden in extraordinary remakes

Dec 2023: a further update. We've had a bit of Martin Carthy lately, a review of his talking/singing tour and a look back at his version, with Dave Swarbrick, of Byker Hill. But there's also Eliza Cartthy, Martin's daughter of... Read more →