British Folk Revival

imageSongza is a streaming musical service that I have begun to really enjoy. My enjoyment increased exponentially when I discovered that it has a sub-genre of ‘Folk and Americana’ called ‘British Folk Revival‘. Here is how it is described:

The massive post-war folk revival in Britain emphasized 19th century work songs, including industrial labour songs and sea shanties. Here are the most important recordings of the British traditional music movement.

In fact, of course, the subject areas are much wider than that – agriculture, murder, sex, social class, legends and magic, the list goes on and on. But here we have recordings by some of the old singers – Jeannie Robertson, Walter Pardon, John Strachan – and the early interpreters of their material, people like Louis Killen, Bert Lloyd, Ewan McColl, the Watersons, Martin Carthy, Bob Copper, Shirley Collins, Peggy Seeger, Margaret Barry and others from the 1950s and 60s. This is really great stuff, and if you’re interested in the roots of traditional British folk music, check this channel out.


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