Salut! Live's new series draws on the choices made by people of interest to this site, or on what others select from what we may loosely call our sort of music, on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.
For the second edition, we turn to the splendid actor, theatrical director and playwright Sir Mark Rylance, whose achievements are numerous enough to fill a few pages of this site but include, notably, a magisterial portrayal of Cromwell in the BBC mini-series Wolf Hall. Among his honours are an Oscar and Bafta award for Best Supporting Actor in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies (2015).
When Sir Mark was interviewed for the programme by Kirsty Young in early 2015, the selection of most specific interest to us was the near-perfect version by Paul Brady and Andy Irvine of Arthur McBride. This is a superior example of many songs in the folk tradition dealing with forced recruitment, the use of roving press gangs to handpick fit young men to serve in the Armed Forces soldiers, the hiring process typically involving lashings of drink and not a little duress.