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Loft vinyl: (3) Francoise Hardy and the song she hated but her fans loved

RIP Françoise Hardy. On June 12 we awoke to news that she had died the previous day, following many years of illness, at 80. "Maman est partie," Thomas Dutronc, her son, posted on social media … And here is the... Read more →

Singing Shakespeare on the Bard’s birthday

Andrew Curry writes: It’s William Shakespeare’s 460th birthday today, probably, so we’re using that as an excuse to share a few of the Shakespeare lyrics in the folk repertoire. (Shakespeare mural near the Globe Theatre in London. Photo: Peter Trimming/Geograph,... Read more →

The miners, disunited, were soundly defeated (by tyranny)

Colin Randall writes: an anniversary worth noting is that of protracted miners' strike of the mid-1980s. For musical illustration, I have chosen Ed Pickford's lament for a vanishing trade, Farewell Johnny Miner, by Dick Gaughan, Blackleg Mining Man by Pitmen... Read more →

The Watersons on the road

Andrew Curry writes: In among the comments on our recent piece on Anne Briggs, reader Chris Brady reminded us that Derrick Knight’s 1966 documentary about the Watersons, Travelling for a Living, is available free on the BFI Player. Knight was... Read more →

Tales from the 1960s: Nick Drake, and ‘a celeste, a Hammond, and a clavichord.’

Andrew Curry writes: The third part of the conversation between Joe Boyd, John Wood, and Folk on Foot’s Matthew Bannister is about the short but influential career of Nick Drake. Read more →

Tales from the ‘60s: Fairport’s breakout year and John Martyn’s ‘terrible’ rhythm section

Andrew Curry with Part Two of his series on the interview with producer Joe Boyd and engineer/producer John Wood on the early days of folk-rock. In which Fairport Convention hit their stride in 1969 and invent folk-rock. It all comes... Read more →